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1890 Kelly's Directory - EGGINGTON

EGGINGTON is a hamlet in the parish of Leighton Buzzard, from which town it is 2.5 miles east and 5.5 miles north-west from Dunstable: it has been formed into a separate eccesiastical parish, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Manshead, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Leighton Buzzard, rural deanery of Dunstable, archdeaconry of Bedford and diocese of Ely. The church of St. Michael is a small building of the 13th century, in the Early English and Early Decorated styles, consisting of chancel and nave and a small western turret, containing 2 bells, and there is a trefoiled Decorated piscina in the south wall: the church was entirely restored in 1883, at a cost of £1,200, when a beautiful stained east window was erected to the memory of Rev. T.L.J. Sunderland M.A. formerly curate of the parish: the font dates from the 12th century: the church will seat 140 persons. The earlier register is included in that of Leighton Buzzard and dates from the year 1653, but there is now a separate register for the parish. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of the parishioners, and held since 1881 by the Rev. James Sunderland LL.M. and M.A. of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Here are Congregational and Wesleyan, chapels. The town lands, of 120 acres, produce £200 yearly, of which one moiety is paid to the vicar, and the remainder applied to the church and the poor. The principal landowners are Messrs. William Claridge and William Smith and John Warner Adams esqs. Of Hockliffe House, Leighton Buzzard. The soil is loamy; subsoil clay. The chief crops are grass, wheat and barley.

The area is 1,300 acres; rateable value, £2,074; the population in 1881 was 274.

CLIPSTONE is a portion of this hamlet, situated 1 mile north.

Parish Clerk, Charles Baker.

SUB-POST OFFICE - David Stevens, receiver. Letters through Leighton Buzzard arrive at 7 a.m. and 12 noon; dispatched at 6.30 p.m. week days only. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Hockliffe.

This place is included in Stanbridge, Eggington & Tilsworth United School Board district, formed in 1874.

Board School [mixed], erected in 1880, for 60 children; average attendance, 42; Mrs. Kate Hunt, mistress.

Powell William Langley, Langley cot.
Sunderland Rev. Jas. LL.M. M.A. [vicar]
Wigham Eustace, Eggington house
Adams John, farmer, Clipstone
Batchelar Ezra, farmer
Dunton Fred, beer retailer
Edwards Henry & Sons, carpenters, builders & contractors
Hunt Herbert, shoe maker
Inns William John, farmer
Janes Charles, farmer
Olney George farmer
Stevens David, shopkeeper
Tillett William, The Horse Shoes P.H.