Goldington (St. Mary)

GOLDINGTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Barford, union and county of Bedford, 1¾ mile (N. E. by E.) from Bedford; containing 509 inhabitants. This parish, which is on the road to Cambridge, and is bounded on the south by the river Ouse, comprises about 2700 acres. The surface is varied, rising in one part to a considerable elevation; the soil is generally rich, and in the lower grounds of remarkable fertility. The village is situated round an open green of about 20 acres in extent. The living is a vicarage valued in the king's books at £8. 9. 4½.; net income, £186; patron, the Duke of Bedford; impropriator, W. S. Addington, Esq. The church is a plain ancient structure. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. In the reign of Henry II., Simon Beauchamp founded a monastery in honour of St. Paul, and removed hither the Black canons of the priory of St. Paul's, Bedford: at the Dissolution its revenue was estimated at £343. 15. 5. The remains are still in a tolerable state of preservation.

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

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