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The River Great Ouse between Newport Pagnell and Bedford

The River Great Ouse between Newport Pagnell and Bedford

The River Great Ouse meanders through wide sweeps through the low-lying areas of the ‘shires’ of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.  It passes through gently rolling countryside punctuated by the spires of the village churches.  Each village has a character all of its own – the only town as such being Olney.

Introduction

The River Great Ouse meanders through wide sweeps through the low-lying areas of the ‘shires’ of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

It passes through gently rolling countryside punctuated by the spires of the village churches.  Each village has a character all of its own – the only town as such being Olney.

From the Domesday Book  Bletsoe Bach / Blecheshou: Osbert de Breuil from Hugh de Beauchamp; Osbern from Countess Judith. Mill.

Bletsoe is situated east of the main A6 road.  The Falcon, originally a 16th century coaching inn, stands on the corner of the road leading to the village.  Before the Sharnbrook court house was built trails were held here.

From the Domesday Book  Brimeham / Bruneham: Arnulf de Ardres from Count Eustace; Serlo de Rots from Hugh de Beauchamp; Hugh from Countess Judith; Osgeat from the king. 2 mills (225 eels). Large; mill;

Peace has been restored to Bromham following the construction of the bypass to the south and west of the village, though from the east the modern sprawl of Bedford is steadily engulfing the original village.

rom the Domesday Book  Carlehtone: Herbert FitzIvo from Bishop of Bayeux; Ketel and Bernard from Nigel d'Aubigny; Osbern Fisher and Ketelbert from the king. Mill.

Carlton is a quiet village away from any main road.  The narrow High Street is a good example of rural England at its best.

Stayesmore Manor dates from the 18th century, though the front is Victorian.

Chellington church is situated on top of a hill and is the only building that remains of the former ‘disappearing’ village.  It is said that the plague reached Chellington and to escape, all the houses were pulled down and everyone lived in the church.  After the plague had passed they built a new village calling it Carlton.