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[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]

EASTCOTTS, a chapelry in the parish of CARDINGTON, hundred Of WIXAMTREE, county of BEDFORD, 3½ miles (S. E.) from Bedford, containing, with Cotton-End, Harrowden, and Fenlake, 588 inhabitants.

Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire 1898 - EASTCOTTS

EASTCOTTS (formerly Eascotts) is a parish comprising three hamlets, viz.: FENLAKE and NEW FENLAKE, one mile south-east from Bedford; HARROWDEN, one mile and a half south-east, on a feeder of the river Ouse, and COTTON END, 3 miles south-east, all on or near the road from Bedford to Hitchin : it is in the Northern division of the county, hundred of Wixamtree, and petty sessional division, union and county court district of Bedford. The parish is ecclesiastically annexed to Cardington. At Cotton End is a large Baptist chapel, re-built by subscription in 1836, and seating about 600 persons. A Sunday School with large class rooms was erected in 1894, and is also used for parish purposes. Forsterís charity, of £30 yearly, derived from land here, is distributed in two sums of £25 to, this district and £5 to Cardington. Pillow lace was formerly made here, but this handicraft is now almost extinct. Samuel Whitbread esq. D.L., J.P. of Southill Park is lord of the manor and principal landowner. The soil is clay; subsoil, gravel and clay. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and turnips. The area is 2,802 acres of land and 14 of water; rateable value, £3,712; the population in 1891 was 830.

POST OFFICE, Harrowden, Frederick Shreeves, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Bedford at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 5.35 p.m.; Sundays, 12.45. p.m. Cardington is the nearest money order 1 mile distant, & telegraph office at Elstow, distance 19 miles

WALL LETTER BOX, Fenlake, cleared at 5.50 p.m. on weekdays; 12.35 p.m. on Sundays. Letters arrive from Bedford about 7.30 a.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is Bedford

WALL LETTER BOX, Cotton End, cleared 4.15 p.m. week days only

WALL LETTER BOX, New Fenlake, cleared at 8 & 11.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; sundavs, 1 p.m.

A School Board of 5 members was formed here November 14, 1873; Mark Sharman, St. Paulís square, clerk to the board

Board School (mixed), Cotton End, built in 1874, at a cost of £1,174, for 140 children; average attendance, 83; there is a masterís house attached; Frederick William Clench, master; Mrs. Clench, infantsí mistress; Miss M. J. Chapman, assistant mistress

CARRIERS TO BEDFORD - Barnes, Cambers, Barber, Finding & Whittemore, tuesdays, fridays & saturdays


Cotton End.

Clench Frederick William
Smith Rev. William Henry (Baptist)


Ballard & Son, farmers
Barber Arthur, farmer & carrier

Barnes Walter, shopkeeper & carrier

Bunker Betsy (Mrs.), Bell p.h.

Cambers Benjamin, shopkeeper, pork butcher & carrier

Cambers Robert, pig dealer

Collins Alfred, beer retailer

Friendly Society (Alfred Thody, seoc)

Gilbert John & Jsph. poulterers & egg dlrs

Green Frederick, carpenter

Green William Rudd, draper

Hallwortb George, farmer, Herring grn
Hilton Frederick, farmer

Simms Walter, baker & farmer

Simpson John, farmer, Rook Tree farm

Stimson Samuel, farmer, Manor farm

Smith Sarah (Mrs.), beer retailer

Summerfield Frederick, farm bailiff to Samuel Whitbread esq. D.L., J.P. Wood farm

Thody Samuel, farmer

Tompkins Jesse, grocer


Duberly Maj. Arthur Grey j.p. The Barnes
Dunes Thomas. Brookside

Buckle John, Anchor p.h.

Rowney Samuel, grazier


New Fenlake.

Busbby James, Bricklayersí Arms p.h.
Cann Alfred, tailor

Cowlev William, boot maker

Hall William Pruden, dairyman

Hartwell Matthew, tailor

Keep Arthur, shopkeeper

Larkins Henry, tailor

Walker John, laundry


Harper Joseph, dairyman
Keep Joseph, farmer, College farm

Mann Thomas, beer retailer

Newman Joseph, farmer

Thompson Elizh. (Mrs.), dairy farmer


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