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Harrold, Bedford

Harrold is a civil parish and electoral ward in the Borough of Bedford within Bedfordshire, England, around nine miles north-west of Bedford. The village is on the north bank of the River Great Ouse, and is the site of an ancient bridge, linking the village with Carlton with Chellington on the south bank. Immediately to the east of the village is Odell. Across the bridge is Carlton. The buttermarket in Harrold has often been an iconic image in Harrold, along with the bridge.
Post townBEDFORD
Administrative CountyBedford
Traditional CountyBedfordshire
OS GridSP9456
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
Police AuthorityBedfordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01234

Other names by which Harrold, Bedford has been known in the past

Hareleswood ~ Harewold ~ Harewood ~ Harwood ~ Hareuuelle

Harrold, Bedford in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Harrold, par. and vil., on river Ouse, in co. and 9 miles NW. of Bedford, 3240 ac., pop. 1024; P.O., T.O.

Harrold, Bedford in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

HARROLD (All Saints), a town and parish, in the hundred of Willey, union and county of Bedford, 8 miles (N. W. by W.) from Bedford, and 58 (N. N. W.) from London; containing 1007 inhabitants. The town is situated in a fertile agricultural district, on the banks of the river Ouse, over which is a stone bridge. The lace manufacture is carried on. There is a small market on Tuesday; and fairs for the sale of cattle and pedlery are held on the Tuesdays preceding May 13th, July 6th, and October 11th. The petty-sessions for the hundreds of Barford, Stodden, and Willey, are chiefly held here, but sometimes at Bletsoe. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8, and in the patronage of Earl de Grey; net income, £202; impropriator, W. S. Farrer, Esq.: the tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents in 1797. The church is a fine structure, with a tower and spire. There is a place of worship for Independents; also six almshouses for widows, founded in 1723, by Mrs. Anne Jolliffe. A priory was established here in the reign of Stephen, for canons and nuns of the order of St. Nicholas of Arrouasia, and afterwards became a convent of Augustine nuns; the revenue, at the Dissolution, was estimated at £47. 3. 2. There are no remains of the buildings, except the refectory, which has been used as a barn.

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