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PODINGTON

[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"PODINGTON, (or Puddington), a parish in the hundred of Willey, county Bedford, 5 miles from Wellingborough, its post town, and 4 north of Harrold. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. The parish includes the hamlet of Hinwick. The soil is chiefly a strong loam, intermixed with clay. There is a petrifying spring, and small shells and fossils are found in the gravel pits. Canary birds are found to live here in a wild state. The tithes were commuted for land under an Enclosure Act in 1765. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, value £134. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, has a spired tower containing a clock and four bells. The church has been recently thoroughly restored. The interior contains some brasses, one of which is to J. Howard, bearing date 1518, also a monument to General Livesay, at whose expense the church was erected. There is a National school. Hinwick House and Hinwick Hall are the principal residences. R. L. Orlebar, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner.

"HINWICK, a hamlet in the parish of Podington, hundred of Willey, county Bedford, 4 miles north west of Harrold. The principal residence is Hinwick Hall, built about 1710 by General Livesay."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2003

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