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Upper Gravenhurst


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

"UPPER GRAVENHURST, a parish in the hundred of Flitt, county Bedford, half a mile north of the above, and 4 miles north east of Silsoe. The village is rather considerable, and the manufacture of straw-plait is carried on. The tithes were commuted for land and corn rents under an Enclosure Act in 1820. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Ely, value £50, in the patronage of the parishioners. The church is a small Gothic structure dedicated to St. Giles. Earl de Grey is lord of the manor."

"ION, a small hamlet in the parish of Upper Gravenhurst, county of Bedfordshire, 1 mile south west of Gravenhurst."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013



  • The 1851 Census Index for Upper Gravenhurst can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 4, Book 1 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.


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Church History

  • Church of England
    • The church of St. Giles is a small and unpretending edifice of stone, chiefly of Perpendicular date, and consisting of chancel, nave and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells : the roof of the nave exhibits good open timber work, with carved bosses and figures of angels : the chancel arch is Norman. The register dates from the year 1567. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
  • Non-conformist
    • A Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1868. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898

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