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Keysoe (St. Mary)

KEYSOE (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Stodden, union and county of Bedford, 4 miles (S. S. W.) from Kimbolton; containing 757 inhabitants. The parish is intersected by the road from Bedford to Kimbolton, and comprises by measurement 3564 acres, of which 2200 are arable, 900 pasture and meadow, and 350 woodland, chiefly of oak: the surface is varied. Limestone is quarried for the roads. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8; net income, £150; patrons and impropriators, the Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1803: the glebe comprises 166 acres. The church is chiefly later English, with some remains of the Norman and decorated styles; it has a lofty and handsome spire, and contains a curious Roman font with a Norman-French inscription. Here are two places of worship for Baptists. In a field in the parish, still called "Cromwell's Close," Cromwell, it is said, for a time encamped. On the glebe land is a strong chalybeate spring.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.