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Little Barford

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

BARFORD (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred of BIGGLESWADE, county of BEDFORD, 2 miles (S. by W.) from St. Neots, containing 123 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 13.16. 3., and in the patronage of the Rev. John Alington. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is an ancient building with a Norman arch over the south door, and a curious wooden screen between the nave and the chancel. The river Ouse forms the western boundary of the parish. Nicholas Rowe, the dramatic writer, and poet-laureat to George I., was a native of this place; he was buried with much pomp in Westminster abbey in 1718.

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