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Potton, Central Bedfordshire

Potton is a town and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England. It is 10 miles (17 kilometres) from Bedford and the population in 2001 was 4,473 people. In 1783 the 'Great Fire of Potton' destroyed a large part of the town. The parish church dates from the 13th Century and is dedicated to St Mary. Potton's horse fairs were some of the largest in the country.
Post townSANDY
Administrative CountyCentral Bedfordshire
Traditional CountyBedfordshire
OS GridTL2249
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionEastern
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityBedfordshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Fire and Rescue AuthorityBedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01767
Population4,473 (2001)
 

Other names by which Potton, Central Bedfordshire has been known in the past

Potten ~ Potone

Potton, Central Bedfordshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Potton, market town and par. with ry. sta., Bedfordshire, in E. of co., 1 mile from the border of Cambridgeshire, 4 miles NE. of Biggleswade and 11 miles K of Bedford, 2200 ac., pop. 2006; P.O., T.O. Market-day, Saturday. The town occupies a picturesque position, and has a fine Norman church and an endowed school. Strawplaiting is the principal industry; there are also cornmills. In addition to the weekly market 4 fairs are held annually. Potton Wood, in vicinity, is a well-known sporting resort.

Potton, Central Bedfordshire in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

POTTON (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, in the union and hundred of Biggleswade, county of Bedford, 11½ miles (E.) from Bedford, and 48 (N. by W.) from London; containing 1781 inhabitants. A great part of the town was destroyed by fire in 1783, on which occasion the loss was estimated at £25,625, exclusively of the expense of temporary erections in the adjacent fields, used until the houses were rebuilt. It is pleasantly situated at the foot of a hill, and consists principally of one long street; the inhabitants are supplied with water from several small rivulets. The neighbourhood is highly respectable, and contains some handsome mansions. Sandstone is quarried for roads, and for building fence walls; lace-making and strawplatting are carried on to a small extent. The market is on Saturday, and chiefly for corn and straw-plat, but the business done is inconsiderable; fairs are held on the third Tuesday in January for horses, on the last Tuesday in April for sheep, on the first Tuesday in July for fruit and for pleasure, and on the Tuesday before October 29th for cattle. The parish comprises 2600 acres, of which 2115 are arable, and 45 race-ground; one-half of the soil is clay, and the other half sand. The road from St. Ives, which joins the great north road at Biggleswade, passes through the parish. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Crown: about 300 acres of land, now valued at £1. 5. per acre, and a money payment, were assigned in lieu of tithes in 1814. The church, which is in the early English style, has been repewed. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans; and four schools endowed with £34 per annum.

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