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Ampthill

AMPTHILL is a market and union town, head of a petty sessional division and county court district, centrally situated in the county, 45 miles from London by road and 8 south from Bedford. The Midland Railway Company's main line passes through and has a station 1 mile west of the town; the Ampthill (Millbrook) station on the Bedford and Bletchley branch of the London and North Western railway is in the parish of Marston Morteyne, 3 miles north-west from Ampthill, which is in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Redbornestoke, rural deanery of Ampthill, Bedford archdeaconry and diocese of St. Albans. The town is clean and well built, and stands on high ground, shielded from the north and east by hills, and open to the south; its proximity to the salubrious pine woods and its position on a dry sandy soil renders it very healthy, while the picturesque scenery of the neighbourhood affords most beautiful walks and drives. The Alameda, situated just outside the town, on the Woburn road, is a double avenue of limes, planted by the celebrated Lady Holland, in imitation of that at Madrid. Ampthill was constituted a manor-royal by Henry VIII. under the title of the Honor of Ampthill, and confers the title of baron on a branch of the Russell family.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire, and Northamptonshire, 1914