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Old Warden

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

WARDEN (OLD), a parish in the hundred of WIXAMTREE, county of BEDFORD, 3 miles (W. by S.) from Biggleswade, containing 670 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, united with that of Southill, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, endowed with 200 private benefaction, and 200 royal bounty. The church is dedicated to St. Leonard: in the cemetery is the mausoleum of Lord Ongley. A market and fair, granted in 1218, were formerly held, but both have been long disused. An abbey for Cistercian monks from Rivaulx was founded here, in 1135, by Walter L'Espec : it was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at the dissolution had a revenue of 442.11.11.

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