[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]
WOOTTON, a parish in the hundred of REDBORNESTOKE, county of BEDFORD, 4½ miles (S. W.) from Bedford, containing 944 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at £13.6.8., and in the patronage of the Representatives of the late Sir P. Monoux, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains numerous monuments to the Monoux family. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists.
church of St. Mary
is a noble edifice, chiefly in the Decorated style, but with portions
of Early English and Perpendicular work, and consists of chancel,
nave, aisles, porch and an embattled western tower, with spire, contnining
5 bells: the aisles have been lengthened westward in modern times,
and the west window is stained: the chancel and aisles retain piscincæ,
and the former is separated from the nave by an ancient screen of
carved oak in the Perpendiculnr style, restored in 1896 at a cost
of £70; the organ was presented by Miss Neale; the font, pulpit
and other fittings are all modern : the church contains many tablets
and inscribed slabs to the Monox or Monoux family, who in the 17th
and 18th centuries resided at Wootton House, including memorials to
six of the baronets, and one to Lieut. Monoux, killed in the Monmouth
insurrection of 1685 ; there are also memorials to two former vicars
of the 18th century: the porch, of finely carved oak, is a reproduction
of the ancient porch: the church was thoroughly restored about 1860
by the Rev. F. Neale, then vicar, and the chancel rebuilt by the late
Sir Coventry Payne bart: in 1890, a new east window was placed in
the chancel to the infant son of Sir Philip Monoux Payne bart. The
organ was restored and enlarged in 1898, the cost exceeding £170.
The church will seat 250 persons. The registers date from the year
[Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
Above and right: Plaques in St Mary Church
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