Aspley-Guise (St. Botolph)

ASPLEY-GUISE (St. Botolph), a parish, in the union of Woburn, hundred of Manshead, county of Bedford, 2¼ miles (N. by W.) from Woburn; containing 1139 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 2033 acres, of which 1953 are arable, and the remainder woodland, plantations, and heath; the prevailing timber is elm, and the plantations chiefly fir. The inhabitants obtained in 1267 the grant of a market to be held on Friday, and a fair on June 17th; but both have been long discontinued. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £15. 16. 10½.; net income, £215; patron, the Duke of Bedford. The tithes were commuted for 85 acres of land, and an annual payment of £60, in 1760. The church contains several ancient and interesting monuments, among which are an altar-tomb with the effigy of Sir Edward Sadlier in chain armour, and another with an effigy in brass of one of the family of Guise. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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