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Pertenhall is a small village situated about one and a half miles south of Kimbolton and half a mile from the border with what used to be Huntingdonshire and is now Cambridgeshire.

There's not much to note about the village except that it's name is thought to be a corruption of "Purton Hill." Purton being the old english name for a church.

To get there follow the B660 north out of Bedford or turn south onto the B6660 from the B645 (the old A45) in Kimbolton. If you blink you may miss Pertenhall all together. If you see a road forking to the right as you come from Kimbolton signposted Swineshead and Riseley then you're in the middle of the village!

The village does have a rather splendid Georgian rectory and a nice limestone church.

[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical dictionary of England, 1831]

PERTENHALL, a parish in the hundred of STODDEN, county of BEDFORD, 2 miles (S. W. by S.) from Kimbolton, containing 324 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese or Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 18, and in the patronage of the Rev S. R. Martyn. The church is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. Here was formerly a preceptory of the Knights Templars, of which only the site, surrounded with a moat, is now remaining There is a chalybeate spring, called Chad-well.

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