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Bedfordshire is bounded, North by Huntingdonshire and Northamptonshire, East by Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, South by Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, and West by Buckinghamshire. It is of an oval form, about 34 miles long and 19 broad. The area is 463 square miles, or 295,320 statute acres. Rivers, the Ouse, and the Ivel. This county is in the Province or Canterbury, in the Diocese or Lincoln, and in the Norfolk Circuit. — It is divided into nine hundreds; namely, Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbornstoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixamtree. There are 131 Parishes and Townships, and 10 Market Towns. population, 107,936.
Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850
Index of Articles for Bedfordshire
Gaols and Houses of Correction
The County Gaol and House of Correction is situated at Bedford; it was rebuilt in 1849 upon the principle of the model prisons, so as to carry out the separate and silent system; there are 176 cells for males, and 8 for females; the governor’s and turnkey’s houses are attached; the cost of the building was about £23,000. The visiting justices meet weekly to transact the general and financial business of the prison. Robert Evan Roberts, governor; Mrs. E. Maria Anderson, matron; Rev. George Maclear, M.A., chaplain; Robert Couchman, surgeon2.
The Three Counties Lunatic Asylum (Beds, Hunts, and Herts), situated in the parish of Stotfold, is a very extensive and elegant building; it contains over 500 inmates: — William Denne, Esq., F.R.C.S., L.S.A., medical superintendent; Rev. James Acton Butt, M.A., chaplain; George Mickley, M.В., assistant medical officer; John Barnes, steward; Mrs. Lucy Denne, matron; George Francis Butler, Esq., clerk to committee of visitors; and Thomas Lester, clerk to the asylum3. Continue reading “The County of Bedfordshire”