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

"SILSOE, a parish and post town, but until recently a hamlet in the parish of Flitton, hundred of Flitt, county Bedford, 4 miles south east of Ampthill, 10 S.E. of Bedford, and 40 from London. The village, which had formerly a market, granted to the inhabitants by charter bearing date 1319, is situated on a branch of the river Ivel. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Ely, value £150. The church, dedicated to St. James, was rebuilt in 1830, at the expense of Earl de Grey, who endowed it with an annuity of £150. There is a school for both sexes maintained by the Countess de Grey. Wrest Park, the principal residence, was a seat of the late Duke of Kent."

"WEST END, a hamlet in the parish of Silsoe, county Bedford, adjoining Silsoe which is to the north east."

"WREST PARK, a single house in the parish of Silsoe, county Bedford, ¾ mile east of Silsoe. The present house was built in 1834-39, to designs by its owner the Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey. Wrest Park Gardens, one of the grandest English gardens of the early eighteenth century, are spread over 150 acres to the south of the house."

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



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