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[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."

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




Church History

  • Church of England
    • 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]

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Description and Travel

  • 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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Military History

  • The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Souldrop War Memorial transcription for WW1 and WW2 with details of the men found on it