1877 Post Office Directory


The 1877 Post Office Directory says:


EVERSHOLT is a parish, in the hundred of Manshead, union of Woburn, county court district of Ampthill, rural deanery of Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely, situated 2 miles from Woburn, on the borders of the park, about 2½ south from Ridgmount station on the <?> and Bletchley branch of the North Western railway, <?> south-west from Bedford: the parish consists of several clusters of houses, called ‘Ends.’  The church of St. John the Baptist is of stone, in the Gothic and Early English styles, with nave, chancel, aisles, and square tower, containing 6 bells; it underwent a complete restoration in 1864, under G. G. Scott, at a cost of about £3,000: there are monuments to the Hon. Frances Henley Ongley, eldest daughter of the Right Hon. Samuel Henley, first Baron Ongley; Mrs. Elizabeth Hyde, sister of the Bishop of St. Davids; and Mrs. Sarah Hodgkinson. The register dates from the year 1628. The living is a rectory, yearly value £600, with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Bedford, and held by the Rev. William Samuel Baker, M.A., of Clare College, Cambridge. Here is a National school for children of both sexes, also an Infant school. There is a charity estate of 100 acres, administered by trustees, which produces £280 yearly, which is applied to the church, to the poor, and to the town charges. Some centuries back, Gilbert of Eversholt, was rector of this parish, he  was employed in the restoration of St. Albans Abbey and was an architect of some considerable eminence.   The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The soil is loam and gravel; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, beans and peas. The area is 2,136 acres; rateable value, £3,391 13s.; the population in 1871 was 899.
Parish Clerk, James Chapman.
Post Office.—Samuel Harris, receiver.    Letters arrive through Woburn at 7 a.m.; dispatched at 5.15 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Woburn
Schools :-
National, James Chapman, master
Infant, Miss Ellen Pepper, mistress
Baker Rev. William S. M.A. [rector], Rectory
<?> Zacariah, Rose cot. Rads end
Green John, Berrystead
Sandys Samuel, esq. Eversholt house
Stannard John, esq. Froxfield
Bailey William, blacksmith, Whit’s end
Bosworth John, farmer, Bury end
Brinkler William, farmer, Rads end
Chance John, beer retailer, Church end
Crouch Edward, butcher & beer retailer, Rad’s end
Daniel Daniel, farmer, Potter’s end
Farmer John, gunsmith, Church end
Ford Alfred, baker, Church end
Fryer John, farmer & maltster
Garentt Alfred, butcher, Rads end
Gazeley George & Jabez, shoe makers, Rad’s end
Godfrey Thomas, farmer
Goodman Thomas, farmer, Model farm
Goodman William, farmer, Water end
Gower Wm. jun. farmer, Church end
Gower Wm. Sen. farmer, Bury end
Harris Richard, carpenter, Church end
Harris Samuel, shopkeeper, Church end
Hensman William, farmer, Rad’s end
Inns Thomas (Mrs.), farmer & grocer, Whit’s end
Lucas George, Red Lion, Whit’s end
Makeham James, Falcon, & grocer, Rads end
Martendale Hy., blacksmith, Water end
Millard Thomas, Farmer, Rad’s end
Negus John, butcher, Church end
Pepper George, Roebuck, Hill’s end
Pepper Jas. beer retailer, Church end
Pheasey Edwin, beer retailer, Rads end
Pulham Wm. shopkeeper, Church end
Reddall Thomas, clock maker, Froxfleld
Rush Francis, wheelwright, Whit’s end
Smith Ruth (Mrs.), Green Man, Church end
Smith Samuel, currier, Rad’s end


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