Shefford  Bedfordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shefford like this:

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.

Shefford through time

Shefford is now part of Mid Bedfordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Bedfordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Shefford itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shefford in Mid Bedfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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