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Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Heath and Reach, a hamlet, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish, in Leighton Buzzard parish, Beds, on the Grand Junction Canal, adjacent to Bucks, 2¼ miles N from Leighton Buzzard station on the L. & N.W.R. There is a post office under Leighton Buzzard; money order and telegraph office, Leighton Buzzard. Acreage, 2390; population, 1090. The manor belongs to the Hanmer family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely; net yearly value, £292 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Leighton Buzzard. The church is modern, and has a low square tower. There are Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. Rushmere Lodge is a chief residence. A white sand used in glass-making is found here.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBedfordshire 
Civil parishLeighton Buzzard 
DioceseEly 
HundredManshead 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

The earlier parish register is included in that of Leighton Buzzard, which dates from 1562: there is a separate register from the year 1813.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Heath & Reach: Baptisms 1813-1971, Marriages 1826-1995, Burials 1813-1836, Banns 1826-1977, 1850-1954


Churches

Church of England

St. Leonard (parish church)

The church of St. Leonard, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1829, is a plain building in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a low embattled western tower containing one bell: the chancel was added, and the whole church newly seated in 1866.


Civil Registration

Heath & Reach was in Leighton Buzzard Registration District from 1837 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Heath and Reach from the following:


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Bedfordshire is available to browse.


Maps

Online maps of Heath and Reach are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Bedfordshire papers online:


Poor Law

Heath and Reach was in Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union. For further detailed history of the Leighton Buzzard Union see Peter Higginbotham's excellent resource: Leighton Buzzard Poor Law Union and Workhouse.


Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582, and 1634 is available online.

CountyCentral Bedfordshire
RegionEastern
CountryEngland
Postal districtLU7
Post TownLeighton Buzzard