In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Keysoe like this:
KEYSOE, a village and a parish in the district and county of Bedford. The village stands 4 miles SSW of Kimbolton,and 5½ ENE of Sharnbrook r. station; was anciently called Caissot; is a very scattered place, connected at the ends with Keysoe-Row and Brook-End; and has a post office under St. Neots. The parish comprises 3, 564 acres. Real property, £4, 023. Pop., 867. Houses, 186. The property is subdivided. The principal manor belongs to John S. Crawley, Esq. A broken piece of ground in the NE is thought to have been the site of a Romano-British town. ...
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £225. * Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is decorated and later English, in good condition; consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with W tower and spire; and contains an early English font and a piscina. There are Baptist chapels at Keysoe-Row and Brook-End, and a national school.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Keysoe, in Bedford and Bedfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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