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1890 Kelly's Directory - HEATH & REACH

HEATH and REACH form a hamlet in the civil parish of Leighton Buzzard, and a separate ecclesiastical parish, situated on the borders of Bucks, nearly 2 miles north from Leighton Buzzard, 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 village is remarkable and picturesque, covering several hills and valleys, with pleasant landscapes stretching away into the distance with beautiful woods and plantations. The church of St. Leonard, rebuilt in the year 1829 (with the exception of the tower), is a plain, modern building in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel and nave, and a low embattled western tower containing one bell; the chancel was added, and the whole church newly seated in 1866. The earlier register is included in that of Leighton Buzzard, which dates from 1562 : there is a separate register from the year 1813. The living is a vicarage, tithe rent-charge £20, net yearly value £290, including 1 acre of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the vicar of Leighton Buzzard, and held since 1863 by the Rev. Joseph Orlando Stallard M.A. of Lincoln College, Oxford. The vicarage house was built in 1852, and enlarged in 1869. There are Baptist, Primitive Methodist, built in 1863, and Wesleyan chapels, built 1877. A cemetery was provided for this place in 1850, the land being the gift of Mrs. Knight, of Mursley. There is a reading room supported by donations and subscriptions. The poor's land produces £13 yearly for fuel. Rushmere Lodge is the seat of Dr. John Walter Pritchard. Sir Edward Henry Hanmer bart. who is lord of the manor, Mr. Swinstead, Messrs. Britten and Claridge and Mr. Bushell are the principal landowners. The chief crops are wheat, barley and roots. The land comprises arable, woodland and meadow. A white sand is dug here at a depth of many feet from the surface, and is use for making glass. The area is 3,190 acres; rateable value, $,590; the population in 1881 was 1,075.
Parish Clerk, James J. Rayner.

POST OFFICE - Amos Roberts, receiver. Letters through Leighton Buzzard delivered at 7.25 a.m. & 4.40 p.m.; sundays 7.25 a.m. Box cleared at 9.10 a.m. & 6.40 p.m. & sundays at 9.20 a.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Leighton Buzzard

National School (mixed), rebuilt, with house for mistress, in 1862-4, for 100 children; average attendance, 70; Charles Martin, master & Mrs. Martin, mistress; (infants') added in 1876, for 84 children; average attendance, 81; Miss Rosa Derry, mistress

CARRIER TO LEIGHTON BUZZARD. - Stone, daily

PRIVATE RESIDENTS
Bushell John L. Heath House
Castleman Francis
Chew James Fermor, Oakbank
Chew Mrs
Clements Mrs Daisy villa
Eden John Arthur M.A.
Hawkes William, Atterton villa
Pritchard Dr. Jn. Waltr. Rushmere lodge
Smith Mrs Cherry villa
Stallard Rev. Joseph Orlando M.A. Vicarage
Stone Mrs. Cherry villa

COMMERCIAL
Bates Edward, miller (wind)
Belgrove George, butcher
Belgrove Thomas, Red Lion P.H.
Bird William, horse clipper
Bowden John, farmer
Boyce John, general dealer
Brantom Charles, higgler
Brantom Harry, baker
Brantom James, shopkeeper
Brantom Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Britten John, farmer & landowner
Broom Walter F. baker & hay, straw & coal merchant
Broom Walter Francis, school attendance officer for Leighton Buzzard rural sanitary committee
Broom William, farmer
Bushell John L. farmer & landowner & silver sand merchant
Clark James, butcher
Croxford John, butcher
Dancer Thomas, blacksmith
Dimmock Amos, bricklayer
Duncombe James, Duke's Head P.H.
Holmes Thomas, farmer & miller (wind)
Hopkins Lizzie (Miss), shopkeeper
Hopkins Mrs. baker
Major Charles, Axe & Crown P.H.
Miles Amos, builder, contractor, undertaker & carpenter
Miller Joseph, photographer
Parrott Robert, farmer
Pearson George, coal & iron agent, Shenley house
Powell Charles, veterinary surgeon
Rayner James, wheelwright; traps & vans thoroughly repaired
Reeve Thomas, jun. blacksmith
Roberts Amos, tailor, Post office
Rose John, grocer
Stevens Fredk. shopkpr. & horse clipper
Swinstead Thomas, farmer
Venemore Joseph, shopkeeper
Whitehead Edmund, Star P.H.
Whittaker Frederick, builder & shopkpr.
Williamson Thos., farmer, Overend farm