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Bletsoe, Bedford

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Bletsoe, Bedford

Bletsoe is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England. It is on the A6, and about eight miles north of Bedford. The village has a small park, the former site of Bletsoe Castle and a church. Nearby places are Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, Riseley, Thurleigh, Odell, Souldrop, and Swineshead. The nearest town to Bletsoe is Rushden, over the border in Northamptonshire. The small hamlet of Bourne End borders Bletsoe and is part of the civil parish.
Post townBEDFORD
Administrative CountyBedford
Traditional CountyBedfordshire
OS GridTL0258
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 Bletsoe, Bedford has been known in the past

Bletnesho ~ Bletso ~ Bach ~ Blecheshou

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

Bletsoe, par., in N. of co. and 6 miles NW. of Bedford, on river Ouse, 2239 ac., pop. 341; P.O.

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

BLETSOE (St. Mary), a parish, in the hundred of Willey, union and county of Bedford, 6½ miles (N. N. W.) from Bedford; containing 420 inhabitants. It comprises about 2000 acres: the soil is gravel and clay; the surface is in some parts rather hilly, and the meadows are occasionally flooded by the river Ouse, which runs through the parish. Here are the remains of an ancient castle formerly belonging to Lord Bolingbroke, and part of which has been destroyed for the materials. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £17, and in the patronage of Lord St. John: the tithes have been commuted for £333. 18. 9., and there are 34 acres of glebe. A bequest of £8 per annum is applied to the support of a Sunday school. There is a mineral spring, but the water is seldom used medicinally.

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