[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]
"SOULDROP, a parish in the hundred of Willey, county Bedford, 10 miles north-west of Bedford, its post town, and 5 south of Higham Ferrers. The village is wholly agricultural. A few of the females are employed in the manufacture of lace. The living is a rectory* annexed to that of Knotting, in the diocese of Ely. The church, dedicated to the holy Trinity or to All Saints, has a spired tower containing three bells. There is an infant school, founded by the Duke of Bedford, who is lord of the manor and chief landowner."
The church of All Saints, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower and spire, in 1861, from designs by Mr. Glutton, architect, is a very handsome building, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, with vestry, north transept, nave, north aisle, south porch and a western tower with octagonal broach spire, relieved by two tiers of dormers, and containing 3 bells: the chancel has a stone groined roof, and the capitals of the chancel arch and other features display some splendid specimens of stone carving, by Earp, of London: the windows in the chancel are stained: one ancient Latin inscription to John Hanger, 1608, has been preserved: there is another to William Robinson, 1701; the old church partly fell at Christmas 1795, and in 1800 was rebuilt from plans by Mr. Robert Salmon, at the cost of John 6th Duke of Bedford K.G. ; in 1860-61 it was again rebuilt at the expense of William, 8th Duke of Bedford: here are 180 sittings. The register dates from the year 1670. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
Pillow lace is made here to a small extent. William Clarence Watson esq. J.P. Colworth, is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil, gravel and clay. [Extracts from Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
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