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

MEPPERSHALL, a parish in the hundred of CLIFTON, county of BEDFORD, 1 mile (S.) from Shefford, containing 397 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 22, and in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of St. John's College, Cambridge. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. From thirty to forty children are educated by a schoolmistress for 15 per annum, arising from Emery's charity, at Ampthill. A small part of this parish is locally in a detached portion of the county of Hertford.

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