History of Bedfordshire

917 Battle of Tempsford

1290 Eleanor Crosses

1461 Second Battle of St Albans

Bedfordshire is in Home Counties.

Amesbury Abbey, Bedfordshire

On 10 Aug 1241 Eleanor "Fair Maid of Britanny" Plantagenet 1184-1241 (57) died at Bristol Castle. She was initially buried at St James Priory Bristol then reburied at Amesbury Abbey.

On 15 Aug 1285 Mary Plantagenet 1279-1332 (6) was appointed Nun at Amesbury Abbey.

Ampthill, Bedfordshire

On 19 Nov 1516 Elizabeth Hussey Countess Kent -1516 died at Ampthill.

Ampthill Castle Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Westoning Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Around 1155 William Boclande 1155-1216 was born at Westoning Ampthill.

On 28 Mar 1222 Maud Saye 1155-1222 (67) died at Westoning Ampthill.

Arlessey, Bedfordshire

In 1483 John Greene 1445-1483 (38) died at Arlessey.

Battlesden, Bedfordshire

On 04 Mar 1687 John Duncombe of Battlesden 1622-1687 (64) died at Battlesden.

Bedford

Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

In 1263 Warin Lisle 1263-1296 was born to Robert Lisle 1246-1284 (17) and Mabel Muscgros at Biggleswade.

Before 07 Dec 1296 Warin Lisle 1263-1296 died at Biggleswade.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 22 July 1661. 22 Jul 1661. Up by three, and going by four on my way to London; but the day proves very cold, so that having put on no stockings but thread ones under my boots, I was fain at Bigglesworth to buy a pair of coarse woollen ones, and put them on.

So by degrees till I come to Hatfield before twelve o'clock, where I had a very good dinner with my hostess, at my Lord of Salisbury's Inn, and after dinner though weary I walked all alone to the Vineyard, which is now a very beautiful place again; and coming back I met with Mr. Looker, my Lord's gardener (a friend of Mr. Eglin's), who showed me the house, the chappell with brave pictures, and, above all, the gardens, such as I never saw in all my life; nor so good flowers, nor so great gooseberrys, as big as nutmegs.

Back to the inn, and drank with him, and so to horse again, and with much ado got to London, and set him up at Smithfield; so called at my uncle Fenner's, my mother's, my Lady's, and so home, in all which I found all things as well as I could expect. So weary and to bed.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 20 September 1663. 20 Sep 1663. Lord's Day. Up, and finding my father somewhat better, walked to Huntingdon church, where in my Lord's pew, with the young ladies, by my Lord's own showing me the place, I stayed the sermon, and so to Hinchingbroke, walking with Mr. Shepley and Dr. King, whom they account a witty man here, as well as a good physician, and there my Lord took me with the rest of the company, and singly demanded my opinion in the walks in his garden, about the bringing of the crooked wall on the mount to a shape; and so to dinner, there being Collonel Williams and much other company, and a noble dinner. But having before got my Lord's warrant for travelling to-day, there being a proclamation read yesterday against it at Huntingdon, at which I am very glad, I took leave, leaving them at dinner, and walked alone to my father's, and there, after a word or two to my father and mother, my wife and I mounted, and, with my father's boy, upon a horse I borrowed of Captain Ferrers, we rode to Bigglesworth by the help of a couple of countrymen, that led us through the very long and dangerous waters, because of the ditches on each side, though it begun to be very dark, and there we had a good breast of mutton roasted for us, and supped, and to bed.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 05 August 1664. 05 Aug 1664. Up very betimes and set my plaisterer to work about whiting and colouring my musique roome, which having with great pleasure seen done, about ten o'clock I dressed myself, and so mounted upon a very pretty mare, sent me by Sir W. Warren, according to his promise yesterday. And so through the City, not a little proud, God knows, to be seen upon so pretty a beast, and to my cozen W. Joyce's, who presently mounted too, and he and I out of towne toward Highgate; in the way, at Kentish-towne, showing me the place and manner of Clun's being killed and laid in a ditch, and yet was not killed by any wounds, having only one in his arm, but bled to death through his struggling. He told me, also, the manner of it, of his going home so late [from] drinking with his whore, and manner of having it found out.

Thence forward to Barnett, and there drank, and so by night to Stevenage, it raining a little, but not much, and there to my great trouble, find that my wife was not come, nor any Stamford coach gone down this week, so that she cannot come. So vexed and weary, and not thoroughly out of pain neither in my old parts, I after supper to bed, and after a little sleep, W. Joyce comes in his shirt into my chamber, with a note and a messenger from my wife, that she was come by Yorke coach to Bigglesworth, and would be with us to-morrow morning. So, mightily pleased at her discreete action in this business, I with peace to sleep again till next morning. So up, and [continued tomorrow]

Blunham Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

On 09 Aug 1250 Henry Hastings 1198-1250 (52) died at Blunham Biggleswade.

Bletsoe

Brickhill, Bedfordshire

John Evelyn's Diary 15 July 1675. 15 Jul 1675. Our cause was pleaded in behalf of the mother, Mrs. Howard (49) and her daughters, before Baron Thurland (68), who had formerly been steward of Courts for me; we carried our cause, as there was reason, for here was an impudent as well as disobedient son (26) against his mother (49), by instigation, doubtless, of his wife, one Mrs. Ogle (23) (an ancient maid), whom he had clandestinely married, and who brought him no fortune, he being heir-apparent to the Earl of Berkshire (60) [Note. The reference to heir apparent is incorrect insofar as Charles Howard 2nd Earl Berkshire 1615-1679 (60) having a younger brother Thomas Howard 3rd Earl Berkshire 1619-1706 (55) who did inherit the Earldom]. Craven in line to inherit in the event the 2nd or 3rd Earl didn't have issue which proved to be the case but Craven had died by that time so his son Henry Bowes Howard 4th Earl Berkshire 11th Earl Suffolk 1686-1757 became the 4th Earl. We lay at Brickhill, in Bedfordshire, and came late the next day to our journey's end.

This was a journey of adventures and knight-errantry. One of the lady's servants being as desperately in love with Mrs. Howard's (49) woman, as Mr. Graham (26) was with her daughter (24), and she riding on horseback behind his rival, the amorous and jealous youth having a little drink in his pate, had here killed himself had he not been prevented; for, alighting from his horse, and drawing his sword, he endeavored twice or thrice to fall on it, but was interrupted by our coachman, and a stranger passing by. After this, running to his rival, and snatching his sword from his side (for we had beaten his own out of his hand), and on the sudden pulling down his mistress, would have run both of them through; we parted them, not without some blood. This miserable creature poisoned himself for her not many days after they came to London.

Bury Hatley, Bedfordshire

Around 1406 Reginald Cockayne 1406-1428 was born to John Cockayne Chief Baron 1360-1429 (46) and Ida Grey 1368-1426 (38) at Bury Hatley.

Campton, Bedfordshire

On 20 Jan 1288 Robert Lisle 1st Baron Lisle 1288-1344 was born to Warin Lisle 1263-1296 (25) and Alice Montfort Baroness Fitzwalter at Campton.

Cardington, Bedfordshire

On 18 Jan 1764 Samuel Charles Whitbread 1764-1815 was born to Samuel Whitbread 1720-1796 (43) and Harriet Hayton at Cardington.

On 29 Jun 1816 William Frederick Waldegrave 1816-1854 was born to William Waldegrave 8th Earl Waldegrave 1788-1859 (27) in Cardington.

On 13 Sep 1819 Samuel Waldegrave Bishop of Carlisle 1819-1869 was born to William Waldegrave 8th Earl Waldegrave 1788-1859 (30) in Cardington.

Laura Waldegrave Countess Selborne was born to William Waldegrave 8th Earl Waldegrave 1788-1859 in Cardington.

St Mary's Church Cardington, Bedfordshire

St Mary's Church Cardington. N transept has monument to Whitbread family. W one to Ive Whitbread and ancestors, by Peter Scheemakers, after 1766, has inscription to base, supporting 2 busts and obelisk. N one to Samuel Whitbread d. 1796, by John Bacon R A, showing Whitbread lying on couch, supported by Faith, who points to heaven, whilst mourning woman kneels at feet. E one to Samuel Whitbread d. 1815, by H. Weekes (dated 1849), showing husband and wife kneeling. N. Chapel has plain wall monument to Henrietta Howard d.l765, with brief inscription to husband John Howard, philanthropist and prison reformer, d. 1790.

Chalgrave, Bedfordshire

Church of All Saints Chalgrave, Bedfordshire

Church of All Saints Chalgrave. A fine little church with some nice medieval paintings on the walls and what I think are 2 rather nice late Fourteenth century monuments of knights, one of which displays the arms of the Loring family on his tomb,widely believed to be the tomb of Sir Nigel Loring one of the first Knights of the Garter he fought at the battles of Sluys 1340, Crecy 1346,Poitiers 1356 and at Najera in Spain under the command of the Black prince. The other monument is believed to be to Sir John Broughton who was related to the Loring family via marriage. Both monuments very similar but nice to see two in one small church. Foot Note I forgot to add Sir Nigel Loring was the main character in two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's books Sir Nigel and The white company..

Clifton, Bedfordshire

On 15 Jan 1812 Diana Dashwood 1746-1812 (66) died at Clifton.

Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire

On 04 Oct 1744 Mildred Porteus 1744-1815 was born to Robert Porteus Junior 1705-1754 (39) at Cockayne Hatley.

On 26 Jul 1754 Robert Porteus Junior 1705-1754 (49) died at Cockayne Hatley.

Church of St John Cockayne Hatley, Bedfordshire

On 22 May 1429 John Cockayne Chief Baron 1360-1429 (69) died at Ashbourne. He was buried at Church of St John Cockayne Hatley.

Colmworth, Bedfordshire

Around 1307 Gerard Braybrooke 1307-1358 was born at Colmworth.

Around 1332 Gerard Braybrooke 1332-1403 was born to Gerard Braybrooke 1307-1358 (25) at Colmworth.

Around 1356 Reginald Braybrooke 1356-1405 was born to Gerard Braybrooke 1332-1403 (24) at Colmworth.

Cople, Bedfordshire

Around 1406 John Peake 1406-1434 was born at Cople.

Around 1432 William Mordaunt 1432-1481 was born at Cople.

In 1434 John Peake 1406-1434 (28) died at Cople.

On 21 Apr 1434 Margaret Peake 1434-1496 was born to John Peake 1406-1434 (28) at Cople.

In 1480 John Mordaunt 1st Baron Mordaunt 1480-1562 was born to John Mordaunt 1455-1504 (24) and Edith Latimer 1450-1504 (30) at Cople.

In 1481 William Mordaunt 1432-1481 (49) died at Cople.

Around 1484 Joan Mordaunt 1484- was born to John Mordaunt 1455-1504 (28) and Edith Latimer 1450-1504 (34) at Cople. Date changed to 1484 to be consistent with birth of son Henry in 1500.

Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Henry I Beauclerc 1123. 1123. In this year was the King Henry (55), at Christmastide at Dunstable, and there came to him the ambassadors of the Earl of Anjou (34).

Chronicle of Gregory 1461. Ande the xvij day nexte folowynge Kyng Harry (39) roode to Synt Albonys, and the Duke of Northefolke (45) with hym, the Erle of Warwycke (32), the Erle of Arundelle (43), the Lorde Bouser (30), the Lorde Bonvyle (68), with many grete lordys, knyghtys, and squyers, and commyns of an C [Hundred] Mlmen. And there they hadde a grete batayle whythe the Quene (30), for she come ever on fro the jornaye of Wackefylde tylle sche come to Synt Albonys, with alle the lordys a fore sayde; and hyr mayny and every lorde ys men bare hyr lordys leverey, that every man myghte knowe hys owne feleschippe by hys lyverey. And be-syde alle that, every man and lorde bare the Pryncys (7) levery, that was a bende of crymesyn and blacke with esteryge ys fetherys. The substance that gate that fylde were howseholde men and feyd men. I wene there were not v Mlmen that fought in the Quenys party, for [t]emoste parte of Northeryn men fledde a-way, and sum were take and spoylyd owte of hyr harnysse by the way as they fledde. And sum of them robbyd evyr as they yede, a petyffulle thynge hit ys to hyre hit. But the day before that batayle there was a jornay at Dunstapyl; but the kyngys mayny lackyd good gydyng, for sum were but newe men of warre, for the chevyste captayne was a boucher of the same towne; and there were the kyngys mayny ovyr throughe only by the Northeryn men. And sone aftyr the bocher, for schame of hys sympylle gydynge and loste of the men, the nombyr of viij C, for very sorowe as hyt ys sayde, hynge hym selfe; and sum men sayde that hyt was for loste of hys goode, but dede he ys—God knowythe the trought.

John Evelyn's Diary 15 August 1688. 15 Aug 1688. I went to Althorpe, in Northamptonshire, seventy miles. A coach and four horses took up me and my son at Whitehall, and carried us to Dunstable, where we arrived and dined at noon, and from thence another coach and six horses carried us to Althorpe, four miles beyond Northampton, where we arrived by seven o'clock that evening. Both these coaches were hired for me by that noble Countess of Sunderland (42), who invited me to her house at Althorpe, where she entertained me and my son with very extraordinary kindness; I stayed till the Thursday.

Before 1666 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Anne Digby Countess Sunderland 1646-1715. One of the Windsor Beauties.

John Evelyn's Diary 23 August 1688. 23 Aug 1688. I left this noble place and conversation, my lady having provided carriages to convey us back in the same manner as we went, and a dinner being prepared at Dunstable against our arrival. Northampton, having been lately burned and re-edified, is now become a town that for the beauty of the buildings, especially the church and townhouse, may compare with the neatest in Italy itself.

Dr. Sprat (53), Bishop of Rochester, wrote a very honest and handsome letter to the Commissioners Ecclesiastical, excusing himself from sitting any longer among them, he by no means approving of their prosecuting the Clergy who refused to read the Declaration for liberty of conscience, in prejudice of the Church of England.

The Dutch make extraordinary preparations both at sea and land, which with no small progress Popery makes among us, puts us to many difficulties. The Popish Irish soldiers commit many murders and insults; the whole nation disaffected, and in apprehensions.

After long trials of the doctors to bring up the little Prince of Wales by hand (so many of her Majesty's (58) children having died infants) not succeeding, a country nurse, the wife of a tile maker, is taken to give it suck.

Around 1698. Francois de Troy Painter 1645-1730. Portrait of James Around 1642. William Dobson Painter 1611-1646. Portrait of the future Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Before 1691. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Around 1665 John Greenhill Painter 1644-1676. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his Garter Robes. Around 1661 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes. Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman Painter 1603-1671. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. 1675. Hendrick Danckerts Painter 1625-1680. Portrait of Royal Gardener John Rose presenting a pineappel to King Charles II

Crowne Inn Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Roger Whitley's Diary 1690 February. 06 Feb 1690. Thursday, severall people came to take leave of us (Tovey, Kent, Kenrick, brother &c). we took 3 coaches, set out past 8; stayd awhile at the Greene Man in Barnet; dined at Bull in St Albans; lay at the Sugar Loaf (the Crowne being full) at Dunstable.

Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire

On 11 Dec 1290 Eleanor of Castile (49) body rested at Dunstable Priory.

Sugar Loaf Inn Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Roger Whitley's Diary 1690 February. 06 Feb 1690. Thursday, severall people came to take leave of us (Tovey, Kent, Kenrick, brother &c). we took 3 coaches, set out past 8; stayd awhile at the Greene Man in Barnet; dined at Bull in St Albans; lay at the Sugar Loaf (the Crowne being full) at Dunstable.

Eaton, Bedfordshire

In 1204 William Cantilupe Baron 1159-1239 (45) was granted the manor of Eaton.

Around 1548 Richard Catesby 1500-1553 (48) and Elizabeth Bray were married at Eaton.

On 08 Mar 1553 Richard Catesby 1500-1553 (53) died at Eaton.

Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire

On 21 Mar 1501 Anne Braye Baroness Cobham 1501-1558 was born to Edmund Braye 1st Baron Braye 1484-1539 (17) and Jane Halwell Baroness Bray -1558 at Eaton Bray.

Around 1524 Dorothy Braye Baroness Chandos Baroness Knollys 1524-1605 was born to Edmund Braye 1st Baron Braye 1484-1539 (40) and Jane Halwell Baroness Bray -1558 at Eaton Bray.

Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Eyeworth, Bedfordshire

In 1568 Katherine Anderson Lady Dunham Massey 1568-1639 was born to Edmund Anderson 1525-1605 (43) at Eyeworth.

In 1581 Francis Anderson 1581-1615 was born to Edmund Anderson 1525-1605 (56) at Eyeworth.

On 01 Aug 1605 Edmund Anderson 1525-1605 (80) died at Eyeworth.

On 19 Feb 1773 Stephen Anderson 3rd Baronet Anderson 1708-1773 (64) died at Eyeworth.

Penelope Anderson Lady Bicester aka Bisseter -1691 was born in Eyeworth.

Grizel Anderson was born to Edmund Anderson 1525-1605 at Eyeworth.

Great Barford, Bedfordshire

Great Barford Bridge, Bedfordshire

Around 1425. Great Barford Bridge is an early fifteenth century bridge with seventeen arches, originally built from limestone and sandstone that spans the River Great Ouse.

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Harrold, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Higham Gobion, Bedfordshire

On 20 Jan 1609 Henry Boteler 1538-1609 (71) died at Higham Gobion.

On 27 May 1637 John Boteler 1st Baron Boteler Brantfield 1566-1637 (71) died at St Martin's in the Fields. He was buried at Higham Gobion. After 27 May 1637 William Boteler 2nd Baron Boteler Brantfield -1647 succeeded 2nd Baron Boteler Brantfield.

Hockcliffe, Bedfordshire

Leagrave, Bedfordshire

The River Lea rises near Leagrave after which it travels through Wheathampstead, Hertford, Ware, Broxbourne, Waltham Cross, Tottenham before joining the River Thames at Leamouth.

Lidlington, Bedfordshire

On 08 Jun 1575 Roger Dudley 1540-1587 (35) and Susannah Thorne 1560- (15) were married at Lidlington.

Melchbourne, Bedfordshire

On 05 Oct 1828 Frederick Montagu 1828-1854 was born to George Montagu 6th Duke Manchester 1799-1855 (29) and Millicent Sparrow Duchess Manchester 1798-1848 (30) at Melchbourne.

Milton Ernest, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Odell, Bedfordshire

Church of All Saints Odell, Bedfordshire

Church of All Saints Odell. Monuments including one by Bacon to the Alston Baronets of Odell. Near Bedford. In the chancel is a monument by Bacon, to Lieut. Thomas Alston, 40th Regt. who fell at Monte Video in 1807, and there are many others to this family of earlier date, including Frances, wife of Thomas Alston, 1644; William Alston esq, 1637; Sir Thomas Alston bart. 1678; and Elizabeth, his wife, 1677; Thomas Alston, their son, 1668; Sir Rowland Alston bart. 1697; and Temperance, his wife, 1728; Vere John Alston, rector, 1762; two later baronets and numerous descendants.

On 18 Jul 1774 Thomas Alston 5th Baronet of Odell 1724-1774 (50) died. He left his estate to his housekeeper Margaret Lee through whom it eventually made its way to his illegitimate son Thomas. He was buried at the Church of All Saints Odell. Rowland Alston 6th Baronet of Odell 1725-1791 (49) succeeded 6th Baronet Alston of Odell in Bedfordshire.

Offord, Bedfordshire

Offord Cluny, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Offord D'Arcy, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Pabenham, Bedfordshire

Around 1335 Laurence Pavenham 1335-1399 was born at Pabenham.

Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Shefford, Bedfordshire

Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire

On 17 Nov 1715 Danvers Osborn 3rd Baronet Osborn of Chicksands 1715-1753 was born at Chicksands.

Around 1750. Christian Fredericke Zincke Painter 1683-1767. Miniature portrait of Danvers Osborn 3rd Baronet Osborn of Chicksands 1715-1753.

South Mylles, Bedfordshire

In 1532 Elizabeth Empson 1435-1532 (97) died at South Mylles.

Southill, Bedfordshire

All Saints Church Southill, Bedfordshire

Bing Vault All Saints Church Southill, Bedfordshire

On 23 Jan 1747 Pattee Byng 2nd Viscount Torrington 1699-1747 (47) died. He was buried at Bing Vault All Saints Church Southill. George Byng 3rd Viscount Torrington 1701-1750 (45) succeeded 3rd Viscount Torrington.

On 17 Feb 1759 Charlotte Montagu Viscountess Torrington 1705-1759 (54) died. She was buried at Bing Vault All Saints Church Southill.

Southill Park, Bedfordshire

On 14 Dec 1812 George Byng 4th Viscount Torrington 1740-1812 (72) died. John Byng 5th Viscount Torrington 1743-1813 (69) succeeded 5th Viscount Torrington. He enjoyed the Viscountcy for only twenty-four days dying on 08 Jan 1813. Further, the seat of the Viscountcy Southill Park had been sold to pay off debts.

St Neots, Bedfordshire

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Stotfold, Bedfordshire

In 1445 John Greene 1445-1483 was born at Stotfold.

Stratton, Bedfordshire

On 12 Sep 1702 John Cotton 3rd Baronet Cotton 1621-1702 (81) died in Stratton. John Cotton 4th Baronet Cotton 1680-1731 (22) succeeded 4th Baronet Cotton of Conington 1611.

In 1666. John Hayls Painter 1600-1679. Portrait of John Cotton 3rd Baronet Cotton 1621-1702.

Sutton, Bedfordshire

On 08 Mar 1316 Alicia Ledet Baroness Latimer Corby 1251-1316 (65) died at Sutton.

Tempsford, Bedfordshire

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 900-949. 917. This year, before Easter, King Edward (43) ordered his men to go to the town of Towcester, and to rebuild it. Then again, after that, in the same year, during the gang-days, he ordered the town of Wigmore to be repaired. The same summer, betwixt Lammas and midsummer, the army broke their parole from Northampton and from Leicester; and went thence northward to Towcester, and fought against the town all day, and thought that they should break into it; but the people that were therein defended it, till more aid came to them; and the enemy then abandoned the town, and went away. Then again, very soon after this, they went out at night for plunder, and came upon men unaware, and seized not a little, both in men and cattle, betwixt Burnham-wood and Aylesbury. At the same time went the army from Huntington and East-Anglia, and constructed that work at Ternsford which they inhabited and fortified; and abandoned the other at Huntingdon; and thought that they should thence oft with war and contention recover a good deal of this land. Thence they advanced till they came to Bedford; where the men who were within came out against them, and fought with them, and put them to flight, and slew a good number of them. Then again, after this, a great army yet collected itself from East-Anglia and from Mercia, and went to the town of Wigmore; which they besieged without, and fought against long in the day; and took the cattle about it; but the men defended the town, who were within; and the enemy left the town, and went away. After this, the same summer, a large force collected itself in King Edward's dominions, from the nighest towns that could go thither, and went to Temsford; and they beset the town, and fought thereon; until they broke into it, and slew the king, and Earl Toglos, and Earl Mann his son, and his brother, and all them that were therein, and who were resolved to defend it; and they took the others, and all that was therein. After this, a great force collected soon in harvest, from Kent, from Surrey, from Essex, and everywhere from the nighest towns; and went to Colchester, and beset the town, and fought thereon till they took it, and slew all the people, and seized all that was therein; except those men who escaped therefrom over the wall. After this again, this same harvest, a great army collected itself from East-Anglia, both of the land-forces and of the pirates, which they had enticed to their assistance, and thought that they should wreak their vengeance. They went to Maldon, and beset the town, and fought thereon, until more aid came to the townsmen from without to help. The enemy then abandoned the town, and went from it. And the men went after, out of the town, and also those that came from without to their aid; and put the army to flight, and slew many hundreds of them, both of the pirates and of the others. Soon after this, the same harvest, went King Edward (43) with the West-Saxon army to Passham; and sat there the while that men fortified the town of Towcester with a stone wall. And there returned to him Earl Thurferth, and the captains, and all the army that belonged to Northampton northward to the Welland, and sought him for their lord and protector. When this division of the army went home, then went another out, and marched to the town of Huntingdon; and repaired and renewed it, where it was broken down before, by command of King Edward (43). And all the people of the country that were left submitted to King Edward (43), and sought his peace and protection. After this, the same year, before Martinmas, went King Edward (43) with the West-Saxon army to Colchester; and repaired and renewed the town, where it was broken down before. And much people turned to him, both in East-Anglia and in Essex, that were before under the power of the Danes. And all the army in East-Anglia swore union with him; that they would all that he would, and would protect all that he protected, either by sea or land. And the army that belonged to Cambridge chose him separately for their lord and protector, and confirmed the same with oaths, as he had advised. This year King Edward (43) repaired the town of Gladmouth; and the same year King Sihtric slew Neil his brother.

The River Great Ouse rises near Syresham from where it flows past Biddlesden, Brackley, Westbury, Radclive, through the centre of Buckingham, Buckingham after which it is joined by Padbury Brook.

The River Great Ouse continues past Thornton, Passenham, Stony Straford, around Newport Pagnell, past Gayhurst, Olney, Newton Blossomville, crossing into Bedfordshirem, past Harrold, Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, through the centre of Bedford, under Great Barford Bridge, past Tempsford, Eaton Socon, through St Neots, past Offord D'Arcy and Offord Cluny, through Godmanchester and Huntingdon, under St Ives Bridge, Earith after which it is separates into two.

Thereafter one section is canalised heading north-east to Downham Market.

The other natural section flows past Little Thetford, through Ely, Littleport, past to Downham Market where it joins the canalised section.

Thereafter to King's Lynn after which it joins the The Wash.

Thursley, Bedfordshire

In 1497 Alexander St John 1497-1551 was born to John St John 1450-1525 (46) and Sybil of Lansgtone Manor 1462-1502 (35) at Thursley.

In 1551 Alexander St John 1497-1551 (54) died at Thursley.

Toddington, Bedfordshire

Diary of Henry Machyn May 1562. After 25 May 1562. [The .. day of May was the funeral of lady Cheyne, late wife of ser Thomas Cheyne (77) councillor to] kyng Edward the vj (24) and unto quen Mary (46) and queen Elesabett (28) tyll he ded, and she was beried at Toddington with mony mornars; master Garter (52) and master Norrey (64) [were] the haroldes, and (the) dene of Powlles (45) dyd pryc[h the sermon,] for ther was grett chere, and a grett dole [as ever] in that contrey sene—iij mylles from Donstabull.

Around 1540 Hans Holbein The Younger Painter 1497-1543. Portrait of Edward VI King England and Ireland 1537-1553 Around 1546 Unknown Painter. After William Scrots Painter 1517-1553. Portrait of Edward VI King England and Ireland 1537-1553. Around 1547. Workshop of Master John Painter. Portrait of Edward VI King England and Ireland 1537-1553. Around 1554 Antonis Mor Painter 1517-1577. Portrait of Mary Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558. Around 1556 Hans Eworth Painter 1520-1574. Portrait of Mary Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1516-1558. Around 1546. William Scrots Painter 1517-1553. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland before her accession painted for her father. Around 1570 Hans Eworth Painter 1520-1574. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. In 1579 George Gower Painter 1540-1596. The Plimton Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. Around 1585 William Segar Painter 1554-1663. Ermine Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. Around 1592 Marcus Gheeraerts Painter 1562-1636. The Ditchley Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. After 1585 Unknown Painter. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland. Around 1563 Steven van der Meulen Painter -1564. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.

Turvey, Bedfordshire

On 30 Dec 1455 John Mordaunt 1455-1504 was born to William Mordaunt 1432-1481 (23) at Turvey.

On 05 Sep 1504 Edith Latimer 1450-1504 (54) died at Turvey. She was buried at All Saints Church Turvey.

On 11 Sep 1504 John Mordaunt 1455-1504 (48) died at Turvey. He was buried at All Saints Church Turvey.

Willinton, Bedfordshire

St Michael's Church Willington, Willinton, Bedfordshire

On 15 Apr 1545 John Gostwick 1480-1545 (65) died. He was buried at St Michael's Church Willington.

Willington Manor, Willinton, Bedfordshire

In 1529 John Gostwick 1480-1545 (49) bought Willington Manor from Thomas Howard 3rd Duke Norfolk 1473-1554 (56).

Woburn, Bedfordshire

On 10 Dec 1290 Eleanor of Castile (49) body rested at Woburn. Work on the cross here started in 1292 and was complete in ealy 1293.

On 27 Aug 1562 Margaret St John Countess Bedford 1533-1562 (29) died at Woburn. She was buried at St Michael's Church Chenies.

In 1657 Anne Russell 1650-1657 (7) died at Woburn.

On 05 Jan 1771 John Russell 4th Duke Bedford 1710-1771 (60) died at Woburn. He was buried at Bedford Chapel St Michael's Church Chenies. Francis Russell 5th Duke Bedford 1765-1802 (5) succeeded 5th Duke Bedford 6C 1694, 5th Marquess Tavistock.

Around 1770 Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788. Portrait of John Russell 4th Duke Bedford 1710-1771.

On 02 Mar 1802 Francis Russell 5th Duke Bedford 1765-1802 (36) died at Woburn. He was buried at Bedford Chapel St Michael's Church Chenies. John Russell 6th Duke Bedford 1766-1839 (35) succeeded 6th Duke Bedford 6C 1694, 6th Marquess Tavistock.

1835. George Hayter Painter 1792-1871. Portrait of John Russell 6th Duke Bedford 1766-1839.

Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

In 1538 Abbot Robert Hobbes -1538 was hanged, drawn and quartered outside Woburn Abbey for not supporting the Oath of Supremacy . Two of his monks, Laurence Blonham, alias Peck, and Richard Woburn, alias Barnes, were also executed as well as the vicar of Puddington.

Wymington, Bedfordshire

On 22 Oct 1407 Margaret St John 1365-1407 (42) died at Wymington.