Harrold (All Saints)

HARROLD (All Saints), a town and parish, in the hundred of Willey, union and county of Bedford, 8 miles (N. W. by W.) from Bedford, and 58 (N. N. W.) from London; containing 1007 inhabitants. The town is situated in a fertile agricultural district, on the banks of the river Ouse, over which is a stone bridge. The lace manufacture is carried on. There is a small market on Tuesday; and fairs for the sale of cattle and pedlery are held on the Tuesdays preceding May 13th, July 6th, and October 11th. The petty-sessions for the hundreds of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, are chiefly held here, but sometimes at Bletsoe. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of Earl de Grey; net income, £202; impropriator, W. S. Farrer, Esq.: the tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents in 1797. The church is a fine structure, with a tower and spire. There is a place of worship for Independents; also six almshouses for widows, founded in 1723, by Mrs. Anne Jolliffe. A priory was established here in the reign of Stephen, for canons and nuns of the order of St. Nicholas of Arrouasia, and afterwards became a convent of Augustine nuns; the revenue, at the Dissolution, was estimated at £47. 3. 2. There are no remains of the buildings, except the refectory, which has been used as a barn.

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

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