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Wilton, Huntingdon

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Witt on (West;, iork

Wilton, Lancaster

Wilton, Norfolk

Wilton, Norfelk

Witton-Shiels, Northumberland

Wivenhoe, Essex

Wiveli scorn be, Somerset

Wivelafield, Sussex

Wiveton, Norfolk

Wixcombe, Wilt«

Wuford, Warwick

Wixhill-under-Hed-Castle, Salop

Wix, or Weeks, Essex

Wohorn, Beds

Wokencld. Berks

Woking, Surrey

WolHingham, Snrrey

Wold-Newton, York

Wold-Newton, Lincoln

Wolfhall,Wilts

Wolfenden, Lancaster

Wolftrlow, Hereford

U'olfhamcote, Warwick

Wolford (Great), Warwick

Wot ford (LittleJ, Warwick

Wolfordiswortiiy, Devon

Wol las ton, N ort hampton

Wollsstnn, Snlop

Wollaton. Notts

Wolley, Somerset

Wollington, Snrrey

Wolseley, Stafford

WoUtnn ,or Weston-ny-End, Mont-
eóme ry

Wobtoti with Maratón, Warwick

Wobtone, Berks

Wolterton, Norfolk

Wolverhampton, Stafford

Wolverley, Worcester

Wolverley, Salop

Wolves-Newton, Monmouth

Wolrerton, Bucks

Wolvey, Warwick

W'olrerton, N orfolk

Wolvertoo, Warwick

Wolriston, Durham

W'otaastoii, Radnor

Wontboerue, Statford

Wombridee, Salop

Wntnbwell, York

Wombieton, York

Womersley, York

W omens would, Kent

W'onaswm, Monmouth

W'onersb, Surrey

Wynston, Hunt*

W'ooburn, Bucks

Wood, Kent

Woodall,York

Woodall,York

Woodbank,or Kougli-Shotwich,
Cheshire

Woodbastwick, Norfolk

Wood boron gh, Notts

Wood boro a gh, Wilts

Wood bridge, Suffolk

Woodbury, Devon

Wood- Burcott, Northampton

Woodrhester, Gloucester

Woodehnrch, Cheshire

Woodchnrch, Kent

Woodcote, Salop

Woodcote.—See Southcote, Oxon

Woodcot, Cheshire

Woodcroft.—See Etton, North-
ampton

Wooucutt, Hanta

Wood -dalltng, Norfolk

Wood -Ditton, Cambridge

Woodeaton, Oxon

Woodeaton, Stafford |

Wood end, Northampton
Wood-Enderby, Lincoln

Woodford, Cheshire I

Woodford (St. Mary), Essex

Woodford, Wilts

Woodford, Northampton

Woodford, Northampton

Wood ford-(¿range, Stafford

Woodgastone, Hants

Woi>dgreen, Hants

Woodbam-Ferrb, Essex

Woodham-Mortimcr, Essex

Woodham-vVatter, Essex

Woodhall, Lincoln

Woodham, Bucks

Woodham, Durham

Woudhayf West), Berks

Woodiiay (East), Hants

Woodhorn, Northumberland *

Woodburst, Huntingdon

Wood h ou se, Stafford

Wiradhouse, Northumberland

Woodliou.se, Leicester

Woodhouse-Halla, Notts

Woodland, Devon

Woodlaud, Durham

Woodland and Heathwaite, Lan-
caster

Woodlands, Dorset

Woodlands, Stafford

Woodland-Ejara, Derby

Woodlands and Charidenwicke,
Wilu

Wood I and-Hope, Derby

Woodleigb. Devon

Woodlesford, York

Woodmancote, Gloucester

Woodmancote, Gloucester

Woodmancote, Sussex

Woodmancott, Hants

Woodmansey, York

Woodmansterne, Surrey

Woodnesborough, Kent

Wood-Newton, Northampton

Wood-Norton, Norfolk

Wood-Plumpton, Lancaster

Wood-Rising. Norfolk

Woodsetts, York

Wood's field, Worcester

Wondstord, Dorset

Woodside, Cumberland

Woothide-Quarter, Cumberland

Woodside, Herts

Wuodside, Northumberland

Woodside, Salop

Woodspeen and Bagnor, Berks

Woodstock, Oxon

Woodstone, Huntingdon

Woodthnrp- See Strubby, Lincoln

Wood-Thorpe, Leicester

Woodthorpe, Derby-
Wood ton, Norfolk

Woodwaltou, Huntingdon

Woodyates (East and Went), Dorset

Wookey, Somerset

Wool, Dorset

Woolasrott, Salop

Woolbeding, Sussex

Woolborough, Devon

Wnoldale, York

Wooler, Northumberland

Woo l fard i s woi thy, líevi-n

Woolfertun, Salop

Woofhope, Hereford

Woolland, Dorset

Woollaston, Statford

Wonllastone, Gloucester

WoolavingUm (East and West),
Sussex

Woolavington, Somerset

Woolley, York

Woolsington, Northumbtrland

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Wooley, Stafford
Wooley, Berks
Woolhampton, Berks
Woolley, Huntingdon
Woolstanton, Stafford
Woolstanwood, Cheshire
Woolstaston, Salop
Woolslhorpc, Lincoln
Woolatoue (Little), Bucks'

Woolstone (Great), Bucks
Woolstone, (Gloucester
Woolstone, Hants
Woolstone with Marlinscroft,

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Woolston, Somerset
Woo Is trop, Gloucester
Woollos (St), Monmouth
Woolpit, SutTolk
Woolton (Little), Lancashire
Woolton (Much),Lancater
Woolvercott, Oxon
Woolveistone, Suffolk
Woolverton, Somerset
Woolverton, Hants
Woolwich, Kent
Wooperton, Northumberland
Wpore, Salop
Wootton, Berks
Wooiton-Newland, Dorset
Wootton -Gl anvil le, Dorset
Wootton-Fitzpain, Dorset
Woottou, Gloucester
Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucester

Wootton, Iliints

Wootton (St. Lawrence), liants
Wootton, Kent
Wootton, Lincoln
Wootton (North), Norfolk
Wootton, Northampton
Wooton, Oxon

Wootan.—SeeHisland, Salop
Wootton, Stafford
Wooton (North), Somerset
Wo„ ton- Co urt ne y, Somerset
Wootton-Waven, Warwick
Wootton-Basselt, Wilts
Wootton-Rivers, WilU - ,

Wootton, Beds
Wootton-under-Wood, Bucks
Wootton (South),Norfolk
Worcester, Worcester
Word or Worth, Kent
Wordwell, Suffolk
Worgret, Dorset
Worfleld, Salop
Workington, Cumberland
Worksop, Notts
Worlaby,Lincoln
Worlaby, Lincoln
Wnrldnam (East), Hants
Worldham (West),Hants
Worle, Somerset
Worteston, Cheshire
Worlingham, Suffolk
Woi hm;uni (East), Devon
Worlington (West I, Devon
Woriington, Suffolk
Worlingworth, Suffolk
Wormbridgc, Hereford
Wormegay, Norfolk
Wormhil), Derby
Wormingford, Essex
Worminghall, Bucks
Worming ton, Gloucester
Wormley, Herts

Wormleigbton, Warwick i

WormshiIl,Kent f

Wormsley, Hereford
Worplesdon, Surrey
Worsall (High), York
Worsall (Low), York
Worsley, Lancashire
Worstead, Norfolk

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COBBETT'S

GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.

BEDFORDSHIRE.

An Inland County of England, hounded on the North by Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire, on the East by Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, on the South by Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, and on the West by Buckinghamshire. It is in an irregular somewhat oval form, and is about 34 miles long and 19 broad. The area, or superficial measure, of it, is 463 square miles, or 396,520 stature acres. The country is generally level, and the land very good: a large proportion is pasture land; but the arable is, on an average, much better than that of the average of England; and some part of it is finer, it is supposed, than any other land in England. It is sufficiently wooded, is rich in pasture and in all sorts of cattle and agricultural produce, and has very little waste or poor land.—It has no large manufactories; but a part of the women and children are employed in the making of lace and of straw-plat; though these are not in amount sufficient to prevent us from calling this a purely agricultural county.—Its Rivers are the Ouse and the Jrel, the former of which divides the county into two parts, aud is navigable as far as the borough of Bedford, which is the capital of the county.—The ProDucts of Bedfordshire are, corn, meat of all sorts in very great abundance, butter; and all of the finest quality.—This county is in the Province or Canterbury; in the Diocese Of Lincoln, and in the Norfolk Circuit.—It is divided into nine hundreds; namely, Barford, l%gleawede, Clifton, Flitt,Manshead, Iled

bornestoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixhamtree.—There are 131 Parishes and Townships, and with distinct parochial jurisdiction; and 10 Market-towns; namely, Amptliill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Harrold, Luton, Leighton - Buzzard, Potion, Shefford, Woburn. Bedford town sends 2 members to parliament; and its 2 members, with the 2 for the county, are all that this county is permitted to send.—Before the Protestant " Reformation," or devastation, there were 18 monastic establishments at the following places: Bedford, Biggleswade, Bisseniede, Caldwell, Chicksand, Dunstable, Eaton-Socon, Elstow, Farle, Grovesbury, Harwood, Melchbouru, Market-Street, Newenham, Northill, Warden, Woburn; under the names of which places a particular acrount of these establishments is given.— There are 2-1 Public Charities in this county, mostly very ancient.—Of the 131 Parishes which the county contains, there are 6 which have less than 100 inhabitants each; 10 which have no parsonage houses; 59 which have parsonage bouses, which, in a return made to parliament in 1818, the incumbents represent as unlit for them to live in; and, in the whole county, there are 124 churches ; there being 7 parishes and townships with no churches. The poor-rates of the county amounted annually, agreeably to a return made to parliament in 1818, to 80,638/. is.5}d.; tbe number of Paupers was 7,030; the Annual Rental of all ihc real property of the county amounted to 343,6821.19s. B

10rf.; the Population, by return of 1821, was 83,710; and tlie number of bouses 15,412. So that the poor-rates amounted to a fourth part, within a fraction, of the whole of the rental; and there were, on an average, 1 pauper to every two bouses throughout the county. According to the same return of 1818, the annual poor-rates of this whole county amounted, in 1776, to only 16,310/.—There are, in this county, on an average, 181 persons to each square mile, which is about 4 acres of land to every person; and there are, within a fraction, 18 acres of land to every inhabited house, including the most miserable houses in town and country, and not excepting alms-houses.—The male population of the county is 40,385. The return states 10,754 families to be employed in agriculture; 4,827 families in trade and handicraft; and 1,792 families to consist of all other descriptions of persons. The male agricultural population must, therefore, be 25,000 all but a fraction. Of these we must allow one half to be children, men past labour, or men infirm: there then remain, including the farmers themselves, 12,500 agricultural labourers; that is to say, one labourer, on an average, to every 23$ seres of land. AMPTHILL, 45 miles N.W. from London. Popula. 1527. Market, Tburs. Fairs, May 4, Nov. 30, for cattle. ARLSEY, Í6J miles S.E. from Shefford.

Popula. 562. ASPLEY GUISE, 2 miles N.E. from Wo

burn. Populo. 848. AST WICK, 4 miles S.E. from Biggleswade.

Populs. 99. BARFORD (Great), 5 miles N.E. from

Bedford. Popula. 635. BARFORD (Little), 5 miles N.W. from

Fotton. Popula. 123. BARTON-IN-THE-CLAY, 3 miles S.

from Selsoe. Popula. 668. BATTLESDEN, 3 miles S. from Woburn.

Popula. 151. BEDFORD, the county town of Bedfordshire, seated on the river Ouse, 50 miles N.W. from London. It has five parishes: St. Cuthbert, St. John, St. Mary, St. Paul, and St. Peter Martin. It is a corporate town, having a msyor, recorder, deputy recorder, two bailiffs, two chamberlains, thirteen common-councilmen, and an uncertain number of aldermen, snd sends two members to parliament. At or near this place there were,

an Hospital of St. Leonard's Hospitalers, founded in the reign of Edward IV., by a townsman, whose yearly revenue was 16/. 6s. 8d. in 26 Henry VIII.; nowworth 326/. 13s. 4rf. A Franciscan Friary, founded by Mabilea de Plateshull, in the reign of Edward П., valued vearly at 5/., now worth 100/.; granted, 31 Henry VIII., to John Gostwyke; at Caldwell, an Augustine Priory, founded 4 in the reign of John, by Robert of Houghton. Revenue 148/. 15s. 10<<-, now worth 2,9751. 16«. 8rf.; granted, 5 Elizabeth, to Thomas Leigh; and at Newenham, a Monastery of Augustine Canons, founded in the reign of Henry 11., by Simon Beauchamp. Yearly revenue 313/. 15s. 5'/., now word» 6,875/.8s.4</.; granted,32 Henry VIII., to Urion Brereton. Popula. 5446. Market, Mond., Tues, and Sat. Fairs, first Tues. In Lent, Apr. 21, July 5, Oct. 11, Dec. 19 for cattle of all sorts. BEESTOX, in Sandy parish, and papula. included therein. 3 miles N.W. from Biggleswade. BIDDENHAM, 2 miles W. from Bedford.

Popula. 393. BIGGLESWADEwithHolme andStratton, seated on the river Ivel, 45 miles N.E. from London. Popula. 2778. Marke», Wed. Fairs. Feb. 14, Sat. in Easter week; Whit-Monday; Aug. 2, Nov. 8. At this place there was a Chantry; revenue 7/., now worth 140/. BILLINGTON, in Leighton-Buzzard parish, and popula, included therein. S miles S. from Leighton-Buzzard.

BLETSOE, 6 mile» N. from Bedford. Popula. 383.

BLUNHAM,4imilesN. from Biggleswade. Popula. 945.

BOLNHURST, 5 miles N.E.from Bedford. Popula. 264.

BROMHAM, 3 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 298.

BROOK-END, in Northill pariah, and popula, included therein.

BROOM, in Southill parish, and popula. included therein. 1} mile from Biggleswade.

BUDNOR, in Northill parish, and popula. included therein.

CALD1COTTS (Upper and Lower), in Northill parish, and popula, included therein.

CAMPTON with Shefford, 1 mile S.W. from Shefford. Popula. 1,028.

CARDINGTON, 4 miles S.E. from Bedford. Popula. 1,194.

CARLTON with Chellington, 7 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popule. 429.

CHALGRAVE, Ц miles N.W. from Dunstable. Populaf710.

CHELLINGTON with Carlton, 7 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 121.

CHICKSANDS, (Extra Pa.) Popula. 56. At this place there was a Priory of Nuns of St. Gilbert, founded in the year 1150, by Pain de Beauchamp and his wife. Yearly value, 230/. 3«. 4Jd., now worth4,603/. 7s. 6c/. Granted, 31 Henry V11I., to R. Snow.

CLAPHAM, S miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 204.

CLIFTON, Ц mile N.E. from Shefford. Popóla. 483.

CLOPHILL, 2 miles N.E. from Selsoe. Popula. 838.

COCKAYNE-HATLEY, 2j miles E. from Potion. Popula. 117.

COLMWORTH, 9 miles N.E. from Bedford. Popula. 450.

COPLE, Ц miles S.E. from Bedford. Popula. 524.

COTTON-END, in Cardington parish, and popula, included therein.

CRANFIELD, 5} miles N.W. from Ampthill. Popula. 1,153.

DEAN (Nether and Upper), 12 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 479.

DUNSTABLE, 34 miles N.W. from London. Popula. 1,831. Market, Wed. Fairs, Ash-Wed. and May 22 for horses, Aug. 12, Not. 12 for cattle. At this place there was a priory of Augustine Canons, founded by Henry I. Yearly value 402/. 14s. 7jd. ¡ now worth 8,054/. 12j. 6d. Granted to Sir Leonard Clismberlayne.

DUNTON with Millo, 3 miles S.W. from Biggleswade. Popula. 332.

EAST-COTTS, in Cardington parish, and popula, included therein.

EATON-BRAY, Г? miles S.W. from Dunstable. Popula. 816. At this place there was a College, or Guild. Yearly value 7/. 16.«., now worth 156/.

EATON-SOCON with Wyboston, 2 miles S.W. from St. Neots, in Huntingdonshire. Popula. 2,039.

EDWORTH, 3 miles N.E. from Biggleswade. Pópala. 87.

EGGINTON, in Leighton-Buzzard parish, '.nul popula, included therein. í j miles E, from Leighton-Buzzard.

ELSTOW, 2 miles S.W. from Bedford. Popula. 548. Fairs, May 14,15, Nov.

5, 6, cattle of all sorts. At this place there was an Abbey of Benedictine Nuns, founded by Judith, niece to the Conqueror, and wife to Waltheof, Earl of Huntington. Yearly value S25/. 2». l§d4 now worth 6,502/. 2s. 6d. Granted, 7 Edward VI., to Sir Humphrey Kadcliff.

EVERSHOLT, 2 miles S.E. from Wobura. Popula. 870.

EVERTON with Tetworth, 2 miles N.W. from Potton. Popula. 334.

EYWORTH, 3 miles N.E. from Biggleswade. Popula. 111.

FARND1SH, 11 miles N.W. from Bedford. Pópala. 73.

FELMERSHAM, 6 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 390.

FENLAKE, in Cardington parish, and popula, included therein.

FLITTON.—See Selsoe.

FLITWICK, 25 miles S. from Ampthill, Popula. 489.

GOLDINGTON, 1§ miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 426.

GRAVENHURST (Lower), 2 miles S.E. from Selsoe. * Popula. 63.

GRAVENHURST (Upper), Ц miles E. from Selsoe. Popula. 291.

GRITFORD.—See Sandy. HARLINGTON, 5 miles N.E. from Dunstable. Popula. 398.

HATCH, in Northill parish, and popula, included therein.

HARROLD, 7 miles N.W. from Bedford. Popula. 939. Market, Tuesd. Fairs, 'lues, before May 13, Tues, before July

6, Tues, before Oct. 11, cattle of all sorts. At this place there was a Priory of Augustine Nuns, founded, in the reign of Stephen, by Sampson le Forte. Yearly value 47/. 3s. 2d., now worth 943/. 3s. 4d. Granted to William Lord Parr, 35 Hen. VIII.

HARROWDEN, in Cardington parish, and popula, included therein. 2 miles from Bedford.

HAYNES, Ц miles N.E. from Selsoe. Popula. 775.

HEATH, in Leighton-Buzzard parish, and popula, included therein. 1 mil* N. from Leighton-Buzzard.

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