Heath and Reach is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Bedfordshire, created in 1826 from Leighton Buzzard Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Heath

Other places in the parish include: Reach.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church: St. Leonard

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1813
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HEATH AND REACH, a chapelry in Leighton-Buzzard parish, Beds; on the Grand Junction canal, adjacent to Bucks, 2¼ miles N of Leighton-Buzzard r. station. Post town, Leighton-Buzzard.

Acres, 2,279. Real property, £4,214. Pop., 953. Houses, 212. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Col. H. Hanmer. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Leighton-Buzzard. The church is modern, and has a low square tower.

There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £5.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

HEATH, with Reach, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Leighton-Buzzard, hundred of Manshead, county of Bedford, 2 miles (N. by E.) from LeightonBuzzard; containing 856 inhabitants, of whom 561 are in Heath.

It comprises 2395 acres, of which 306 are waste land or common. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Vicar of Leighton-Buzzard; net income, £98. The chapel, dedicated to St. Leonard, has been enlarged with 160 sittings.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of the parish church of St. Leonard’s, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Heath and Reach, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Church records ( 1 )
Parish registers for Heath and Reach, 1696-1978
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Heath and Reach (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Bedfordshire marriage license allegations, 1578-1885
Author: Bedfordshire Family History Society; Bedfordshire Record Office

Computer printout of Heath and Reach, Beds., Eng

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – History ( 2 )
Heath and Reach miscellany
Author: Whittaker, Jill

The history of Heath and Reach in the county of Beds.
Author: Brantom, John

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 2 )
Overseers accounts, 1780-1822
Author: Heath and Reach (Bedfordshire)

Parish registers for Heath and Reach, 1696-1978
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Heath and Reach (Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Schools ( 1 )
Log books, 1863-1923 and admission register, 1914-1951
Author: Heath National School (Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire)

England, Bedfordshire, Heath and Reach – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments for Heath and Reach, 1797-1946
Author: Bedfordshire (England). County Council

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Administration

  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Leighton Buzzard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Leighton Buzzard
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – Lincoln, Post 1845 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 – None, Post – 1851 – Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Leighton Buzzard
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury

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