SHEFFORD, a small town and a township-chapelry in Campton parish, Beds. The town stands on the river Ivel, and on the Midland railway, 9½ miles SE of Bed ford; consists of spacious, well-paved, cleanly streets; and has a post-office‡ under Biggleswade, a r. station with telegraph, a good inn, an ancient church restored and enlarged in 1850, Baptist, Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels, and a weekly market on Friday, chiefly for the sale of straw-plait.The chapelry comprises 1,120 acres. Real property, £2,454. Pop., 1,015. Houses, 216. The manor belongs to the Queen. Many fine Roman relics were found in a field adjoining the town, and were purchased for the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge. The living is annexed to Campton. The poet Bloomfield died here.
(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))
|Feature Description:||"a small town and a township-chapelry" (ADL Feature Type: "cities")|
|Administrative units:||Campton CP/AP Shefford CP/Tn Bedfordshire AncC|
Go to the linked place page for a location map, and for access to other historical writing about the place. Pages for linked administrative units may contain historical statistics and information on boundaries.