[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]
ASPLEY-GUISE, a parish in the hundred of MANSHEAD, county of BEDFORD, 2¼ miles (N. by W.) from Woburn, containing 848 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, consolidated, in 1796, with the vicarage of Husborn-Crawley, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at £15.16.10½. The church, dedicated to St. Botolph, contains several ancient and interesting monuments. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A market on Friday, and a fair on the festival of St. Botolph, were granted to be held here in 1267; but they have been long discontinued. A small portion of this parish lies in the county of Buckingham.
[From Odd & Unusual Bedfordshire ISBN 0 901051 97 7]
Humphrey Repton, the famous lanscape artist, designed Henry VII Lodge, Aspley Guise, about 1811, for the 6th Duke of Bedford. It stands to the north of Woburn Sands crossroads, on the east side of the road to Woburn. Apart from its picturesque appearance the Lodge is an interesting attempt to recreate a perfect late 15th century house copying details from authentic examples. Repton himself tells us that:
The hint of the lower storey wa taken from Eltham Palace, the hints for the brick-nogging from a house at King's Lynn, for the arches at the top of the narrow panels from a house at Shrewsbury, for the oriel from Norwich, and for the chimneys from Willerton Manor House, Barsham, Norfolk.
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