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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


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

Ancient CountyBedfordshire 
Civil parishLeighton Buzzard 

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


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.


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
Postal districtLU7
Post TownLeighton Buzzard