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    Kempston
    Cameston(e): Countess Judith. Mill.
    Bedford suburb. Site of Anglo-Saxon and Roman excavations. An old mill stands on the river.

    Kensworth
    Canesworde: St. Paul's of London.

    Keysoe
    C(h)aisot: Hugh de Beauchamp; Hugh Hubald from Osbern FitzRichard; William de Warenne; Alwin, the king's thane, the pre-Conquest holder.
    Now 2 small villages, Keysoe and Keysoe Row.

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    Kinwick
    Chenemondewiche:
    Lost.

    Knotting
    Chenotinga: Bishop of Coutances.

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    Langford
    Langeford: Walter of Flanders. 2 mills.
    Large; new housing; mill on the river.

    Leighton Buzzard
    Lestone: King's land with Bishop of Lincoln holding the church. 2 mills, market. Wheat, honey.
    Market town; 15th century market cross.

    Lidlington
    Litinclitone: Abbess of Barking.

  • Lidlington local history site

    Little Barford
    Bereforde: Eudo FitzHubert from St. Benedict's of Ramsey and Osbern from him; Osbern FitzWalter. Mill.

    Luton
    Lintone / Loitone: King's land with William the Chamberlain holding the church. 6 mills, market, church. Wheat, honey.
    Large industrial town with an airport; site of Iron Age, Roman and Saxon settlements. Luton Hoo is a vast Adam mansion with gardens by Capability Brown.

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    Marston Mortaine
    Mer(e)stone: Hugh de Bolbec from Walter Giffard; Herfast from Nigel d'Aubigny.
    Several Tudor half-timbered houses; brickmaking centre since the 16th century.

    Maulden
    Meldone: Hugh de Bolbec from Walter Giffard; Hugh de Beauchamp; Nigel d'Aubigny; Countess Judith and the nuns of Elstow from her; a reeve of the king. Mill.

    Melchbourne
    Melceburne: Bishop of Coutances.
    17th century manor house; thatched cottages.

  • Melchbourne local history site

    Meppershall
    Malpertesselle / Maperteshale: Gilbert FitzSolomon
    . Market gardening. A 17th century timber-framed manor house is built on the site of a Norman castle owned by William de Meppershall, the royal larderer.

    Millbrook
    Melebroc: Nigel de Le Vast from Nigel d'Aubigny. 2 mills.

  • Millbrook local history site

    Millow
    Melehou: Bishop of Durham; Ralph from Walter Giffard; William d'Eu.

    Milton Bryan
    Middletone / Mildentone: Ansgot from Bishop of Bayeux; William Froissart from Hugh de Beauchamp.
    17th century manor house.

    Milton Ernest
    Middletone / Mildentone: Miles Crispin and William Basset from Hugh de Beauchamp; Thorgils from Nigel d'Aubigny; Reginald from Walter of Flanders; Ivo, Hugh de Grandmesnil's steward from Adelaide, Hugh de Grandmesnil's wife; a beadle from the king. Mill.
    Victorian manor house.

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    Nares Gladley
    Gledelai: Jocelyn le Breton. Mill.
    Part of Leighton Buzzard.

    Northill
    Nortigble / Nortgiue(le): Pirot and Ralph from Eudo FitzHubert; Walter from Hugh de Beauchamp; William Speke. 1 mills.

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    Oakley
    Achelei(a): 2 men-at-arms from Robert de Tosny; Miles Crispin from Coutess Judith. Mill.
    Large. Rush mats were made here.

  • Oakley local history site

    Odell
    Wad(eh)elle: Arnulf d'Ardres from Count Eustace; Walter of Flanders. Mill (200 eels).
    On the River Ouse. An old mill is now a house.

  • Odell local history site

    Old Warden
    Wardone: William Speke; Ralph de l'Isle; Walter the monk from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife (of her marriage portion). Mill.
    Aircraft museum founded by the Shuttleworth family. A 1st century bronze mirror and medieval floor tiles were unearthed here.

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    Pavenham
    Pabeneham: Arnulf d'Ardres from Count Eustace; Robert FitzNigel from Ranulf, brother of Ilger; Thurstan the Chamberlain. Mill.
    Pretty; stone houses. Once the centre of the rush-mat making industry.

    Pegsdon
    Pechesdone: St. Benedict's of Ramsey. 2 mills.

    Pertenhall
    Partenhale: William from Bishop of Lincoln.
    Jacobean manor house.

  • Pertenhall local history site

    Podington
    Podintone / Potintone: Hugh from Walter of Flanders; Hugh of Flanders; William Peverel.

    Polehanger
    Polehangre: Martell from Robert d'Oilly.

    Potsgrove
    Potesgrava / grave: William the Chamberlain; Jocelyn le Breton; a groom of the king; Herbert, the king's reeve.

    Potton
    Potone: Countess Judith and Hugh from her. Mill.
    Small market town.

    Priestley
    Prestelei: Thorgils from Nigel d'Aubigny; a reeve of the king.
    A few scattered farms.

    Pulloxhill
    Polochessele: Roger and Rhiwallon from Nigel d'Aubigny.
    Fast-growing. Site of an 18th century gold mine.

    Putnoe
    Putenehou: Hugh de Beauchamp. Mill.
    Part of Bedford.

  • Putnoe local history site
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    Radwell
    Radeuuelle: Nigel de Le Vast from Nigel d'Aubigny; Hugh from Countess Judith. Mill.

    Riseley
    Riselai: 2 Frenchmen and 6 Englishmen from Bishop of Coutances; Godfrey from Bishop of Lincoln; Hugh de Beauchamp and Alric from him. Hugh Hubald from Osbern FitzRichard; David d'Argenton.
    Straggling; one of the county's first brickmaking centres.

    Roxton
    Rochesdone / stone: Rhiwallon from Hugh de Beauchamp; William Speke. Mill (260 eels).
    The countryman's linen smock was initiated here in 1714.

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    Salford
    Saleford: Hugh de Beauchamp. Mill.

    Salph
    Salchou: Hugh de Beauchamp.

    Sandy
    Sandeia: Eudo FitzHubert. 2 mills.
    Small town. Sandy Lodge is the headquarters of the RSPB.

  • Sandy local history site

    Segenhoe
    Segenehou: Walter brother of Sihere.
    Segenhoe manor farm.

    Sewell
    Sewelle: King's land.

    Sharnbrook
    Sernebroc / Serneburg: Bishop of Coutances and Thorgils, 7 freemen and Humphrey from him; Robert FitzRozelin from Count Eustace; Osbert de Breuil from Hugh de Beauchamp; Robert from Hugh of Flanders; Osbern Fisher; Albert de Lorraine; Hugh from Countess Judith; Aelmer. 2 mill, fishpond.
    Large. Tofte House is part 1613; Sharnbrook House is 18th century. The old windmill has been converted into a clock tower.

  • Sharnbrook local history site

    Shelton (Marston Moretaine)
    Es(s)eltone: Herfast and Stephen from Nigel d'Aubigny; Albert de Lorraine; Adelaide, Hugh de Grandmesnil's wife.
    Now 2 small villages, Upper and Lower Shelton.

    Shelton (nr Swineshead)
    Eseltone: 2 freemen from Bishop of Coutances.
    The site of Shelton Hall dates from medieval times.

    Shillington
    Sethlindone: St. Benedict's of Ramsey. Broken mill.
    Hilltop, Danish earthworks nearby, half-timbered houses.

    Shirdon
    Segresdonet:
    Lost.

    Silsoe
    Sewilessou / Siuuilessou: A concubine of Nigel d'Aubigny; Hugh from Walter brother of Sihere. Mill.
    Wrest House in Wrest Park.

    Southill
    Sudgible / uele: William de Cairon from Eudo FitzHubert; Hugh de Beauchamp; 2 Frenchmen from William Speke; Walter of Flanders and Alric from him; Richard Poynant; Hugh from Coutess Judith. 200 eels.
    Its great house belonged to the Byng family (Admirals Sir George and John), the to Samuel Whitbread.

    Stagsden
    Stachesdene: Herbert FitzIvo from Bishop of Bayeux; Godwy from Count Eustace; Hugh de Beauchamp; Hugh from Countess Judith.
    Bird gardens.

    Stanford
    Stanford(e): William de Cairon and 7 freemen from Eudo FitzHubert; Hugh de Beauchamp and Roger from him; Hugh from William Speke; Roger from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife (of her marriage portion); Alric and Ordwy from the king. 2 mills.

    Steppingley
    Stepigelai: William FitzReginald from William Speke.

    Stevington
    Stiuentone: Arnulf from Count Eustace.
    Complete 18th century postmill.

    Stondon
    Standone: St. Benedict's of Ramsey; Engelhere from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife.
    Now 2 hamlets, Upper and Lower Stondon.

    Stotfold
    Stodfald / Stotfalt: Hugh de Beauchamp. 4 mills (400 eels).
    Disused mill on the Ivel.

    Stratton
    Stratone: Fulchere de Paris from Walter Giffard; Walter of Flanders; Ralph de l'Isle; Fulchere de Paris from Countess Judith.
    Part of Biggleswade.

    Streatley
    Stradl(e)i / Straillei: Walter from William d'Eu; William de Loucelles from Hugh de Beauchamp; Pirot from Nigel d'Aubigny; Hugh from William Speke; the reeve of the Hundred.
    Georgian Streatley House.

    Studham
    Estodham: Baldric from Robert de Tosny.
    Straw plaiting was made here.

    Sudbury
    Subberie: Richard FitzGilbert.
    Part of St. Neots.

    Sundon
    Sonedone: William d'Eu.
    Now Upper Sundon (site of cement works), Sundon Park (part of Luton) and Lower Sundon, a hamlet.

    Sutton
    Sudrone: Alwin from Eudo FitzHubert; Thorkell, Alwin, Leofgar, Robert, Sweeting and Robert, Thorbert, Godwin and Edric from Countess Judith; Alwin, the king's reeve.
    Medieval packhorse bridge; ford.

    Swineshead
    Suineshefet: Eustace from William de Warenne; Ralph from Eustace the Sheriff.

  • Swineshead local history site
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    Tempsford
    Tamiseforde: William de Cairon from Bishop of Lincoln; Eudo FitzHubert and William de Cairon from him; Robert from Richard Poynant; Alwin, the king's reeve. 2 mills.
    Mill, now a sawmill.

    Thurleigh
    Lalega: Leofric from Miles Crispin; Leofgeat from Hugh de Beauchamp; Robert d'Oilly; Richard Basset and Solomon the priest from him; Hugh and Reginald from Walter of Flanders.
    Airfield.

    Tilsworth
    Pileworde: Ambrose from William Peverel.
    15th century gatehouse.

    Tingrith
    Tingrei: Thorgils from Nigel d'Aubigny.

    Toddington
    Dodintone / Totingetone: Arnulf de Hesdin.
    Large. Henrietta Wentworth, mistress of the Duke of Monmouth, lived here in the 17th century.

    Totternhoe
    Totenhou: Osbert from Walter of Flanders; William the Chamberlain. 4 mills.
    Large; site of a Roman villa. Doo Little Mill is now a house.

    Turvey
    Tornai: Bishop of Coutances holds 4 hides. 6 ploughs. In lordship 2 hides; 3 ploughs. 3 villagers with 3 ploughs, 8 smallholders, 1 slave. Mill, 20s; meadow for 2 ploughs; woodland, 40 pigs. Total value 6; when acquired 40s; TRE 6. 3 Freemen, held this manor; they could sell and grant. Held by the Bishop in exchange for Bleadon. Ernulf d'Ardres, Warner, Nigel de la Vast hold 1 hide each; 2 knights, 2 hides from Robert de Tosny; Alwine the priest, a third of a half hide from the King.
    Held by Alneto family after 1066. In the 13th century two heiresses married into the Morduant and d'Ardres families, giving the manors of Morduant and Ardres their names. These were merged into Morduant Manor in the 1300s. Tornai stayed in their family until 1786 when it was lost through allegiance to royalty.

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    Westcotts
    Wescote: Nigel d'Aubigny; Ordwy, the king's reeve.
    Part of Wilstead.

    Westoning
    Westone: King's land, formerly Earl Harold.
    New housing.

    Wilden
    Wildene: Herbert from Bishop of Bayeux and his nephew Hugh from him.
    Scattered.

    Willington
    Wel(i)tone: Hugh de Beauchamp. Mill.
    2 Tudor buildings: a dovecote with 1400 openings; a stable.

    Wilshamstead
    Wescota: Countess Judith and the nuns of Elstow from her.
    Growing; manor house now an hotel.

    Woburn
    Woberne / burne: Walter Giffard; Herbert, the king's reeve.
    Mainly 18th century houses. The park of Woburn Abbey, home of the dukes of Bedford since the 17th century, is now a wildlife safari park.

  • Woburn local history site

    Wootton
    Otone: Albert de Lorraine.
    Once a brickmaking centre. Church bells were also made here.

    Wyboston
    Wiboldestone / tune: Eudo FitzHubert from St. Benedict's of Ramsey; Eudo FitzHubert; Wimund from Hugh de Beauchamp; Pirot from Nigel d'Aubigny; monks of St. Neot's from Richard FitzGilbert; Iudichael from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife.
    Market gardening.

    Wymington
    Wimentone: Walter from William Speke; Glew from Alfred of Lincoln; Osbert from Walter of Flanders; 5 brothers with their mother and Thorkell from the king.
    Bronze Age axes were found here. A smockmill stood until the 20th century.

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    Yelden
    Giveldene: Geoffrey de Trelly from Bishop of Coutances.
    Site of a Norman motte and bailey castle; the mound remains.

  • Yelden local history site

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