Place:Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire, England

NameHeath and Reach
Alt namesHeathsource: settlement in parish
Nares Gladleysource: settlement in parish
Reachsource: settlement in parish
Rushmeresource: settlement in parish
Stockgrovesource: settlement in parish
TypeHamlet, Civil parish
Coordinates51.94°N 0.656°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoLeighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a part
Manshead Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Eaton Bray Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1934
source: Family History Library Catalog

Bedfordshire Record Office's Guide to Bedfordshire Parishes describes Heath and Reach thus:

"former Township of Leighton Buzzard; Ecclesiastical Parish created in 1826; Civil Parish created in 1866; part of the Civil Parish was transferred to Leighton Buzzard in 1934; includes Heath, Nares Gladley, Reach, Rushmere and part of Stockgrove."
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Heath and Reach is an English village and civil parish near the Chiltern Hills in Bedfordshire, England. It is two miles north of Leighton Buzzard and three miles south of Woburn and adjoins the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. Nearby places are Leighton-Linslade, Great Brickhill and Woburn Abbey.

St Leonard's Church dates from the 1580s.

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides three chapters of the Victoria County History Series on Bedfordshire. The first covers the religious houses of the county; the second and third provides articles on the parishes of the county. The parishes are arranged within their "hundreds".
  • GENUKI main page for Bedfordshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Bedfordshire family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Bedfordshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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