Potton  Bedfordshire


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

POTTON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Biggleswade district, Beds. The town stands in a picturesque tract, near the Bedford and Cambridge railway, 1 mile S of the boundary with Cambridgeshire, and 4 N E of Biggleswade; was extensively destroyed by fire in 1783; carries on straw-plaiting; and has a post-office‡under St. ...

Neots, a railway station, several inns, a market house with clock-turret, a church, three dissenting chapels, an endowed school with £30 a year, a national school, and charities £130. The church stands on an eminence, a short distance from the town; is Norman, ingood condition; and has an embattled tower. The Independent chapel is a neat edifice, and was built in 1848. A weekly market is held on Saturday; fairs are held on the third Tuesday of Jan., the last Tuesday of April, Easter Monday and Tuesday, and the Tuesday before 29 Oct.; and there are corn mills. The parish comprises 2, 200 acres. Real property, £7, 437. Pop., 1, 944. Houses, 377. The manor belonged to John of Gaunt, passed to the Burgoynes, and belongs now to S.Whitbread, Esq. P. Wood is a meet for the Cambridgeshire hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £450.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor.—The sub-district contains also ten other parishes. Acres, 26, 125. Pop., 9, 280. Houses, 1, 919.

Potton through time

Potton 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 Potton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 15th August 2022

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