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Morden, Guilden (St. Mary)

MORDEN, GUILDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Royston, hundred of Armingford, county of Cambridge, 5½ miles (E.) from Biggleswade; containing 808 inhabitants. The parish appears to have taken the affix to its name from the decoration of the steeple of its church with stripes of gilding. It is recorded that Charles Yorke, son of the first lord Hardwicke, died suddenly while the patent for raising him to the peerage by the title of Baron Morden, taken from this place, was in preparation. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £7. 3. 6.; net income, £170; patrons, the Master and Fellows of Jesus College, Cambridge; appropriator, the Bishop of Ely. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment, under an act of inclosure, in the reign of George III.

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

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