[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."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
"ION, a small hamlet in the parish of Upper Gravenhurst, county of Bedfordshire,
1 mile south west of Gravenhurst."
by Colin Hinson ©2003
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- 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]
- A Wesleyan chapel was erected in 1868.
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898
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