Cople (All Saints)

COPLE (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Bedford, hundred of Wixamtree, county of Bedford, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Bedford; containing 551 inhabitants. This parish, which is intersected by the road from Oxford to Cambridge, and bounded on the north by the navigable river Ouse, comprises by computation 2108 acres, whereof 1350 are arable, 580 pasture, and 50 wood. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £7; net income, £215; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford: the glebe consists of 7 acres, with a glebe-house. The church is in the later English style, and contains some brasses. There is an old house formerly belonging to the family of Luke, one of whom, Sir S. Luke, employed Butler, the poet, as secretary, and was ridiculed under the character of Hudibras.

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

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