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

"MILLBROOK, a parish in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county Bedford, 2 miles west of Ampthill, its post town, and 7 south west of Bedford. The village, which is small, is chiefly agricultural. The women are employed in making pillow lace and plaiting straw. The land is principally arable. There was formerly a Benedictine cell to St. Alban's Abbey, which was removed to Beaulieu in Herts in 1119. A chain of hills intersects the parish nearly in the centre. The soil in the south part of the parish is of a light sandy nature, but in the north a strong clay. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents under an Enclosure Act in 1795. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £343, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, which is situated on rising ground about the centre of the village, is dedicated to St. Michael. It has a tower containing two bells. The interior of the church has a brass of a priest, and a marble monument by Westmacott to the Hon. Georgians Fox, youngest daughter of the late Lord Holland, who is also interred here. There is a charity of £6 6s. per annum, bequeathed by the late Dr. Allen for the instruction of 10 boys and the same number of girls. There is a National school."

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




Church History

  • Church of England
    • The church of St, Michael, standing upon an eminence, and commanding a fine view of the vale of Bedford, is a building in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a tower containing 2 bells: the church contains busts of Lord and Lady Holland, by Westmacott, and a handsome monument to their daughter: the church was restored in 1857, and in 1890 was new-roofed, at a cost of £700. The register dates from the year 1550. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]

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Military History

  • The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Millbrook War Memorial transcription with details of the men found on it.