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Kempston, Bedford

Kempston is a town and civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England. Once known as the largest village in England, Kempston is now a town with its own town council. It has a population of about 20,000, and together with Bedford, it forms an urban area with around 100,000 inhabitants, which is the sole significant urban area in the Borough of Bedford. Kempston serves principally as a dormitory town for Bedford and for Milton Keynes, which is about ten miles away.
Post townBEDFORD
Administrative CountyBedford
Traditional CountyBedfordshire
OS GridTL0348
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityBedfordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01234
Population19,440 (2001 census)

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

Kempston.-- par. and vil., in co. and 2½ miles SW. of Bedford, on river Ouse, 5160 ac., pop. 3432; P.O. Pillow-lace is made by the inhabitants; in the neighbourhood relics of the Saxon era have been discovered; in vicinity of vil. are the seats of Kempston House and Kempston Grange.

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

KEMPSTON (All Saints), a parish, in the hundred of Redbornkstoke, union and county of Bedford, 2¾ miles (S. W. by W.) from Bedford; containing 1699 inhabitants. This parish, in the Domesday survey Camestone, comprises about 5000 acres; the soil in the valley of the Ouse is gravelly, and in other parts clay. Some good limestone is found, suitable for building, as well as farming purposes. Pillow-lace making is extensively carried on, affording employment to most of the women and girls. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £12; patron, the Rev. Henry Clutterbuck; impropriators, Sir W. Long and others. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment in 1802; the glebe consists of about 200 acres, valued at £300 per annum, and there is a glebe-house in good repair. The church is an ancient structure, in the early Norman and later English styles; a gallery has been built. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. Some moated houses exist in the parish, and coins of an early date have been frequently found.

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