1853 Musson & Cravens

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WING, WITH THE HAMLETS OF ASCOTT, BURCOTT, LITTLEWORTH AND CRAFTON, is a parish, 3 miles south-west of Leighton Buzzard; containing 1425 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, value £338, in the patronage of the earl of Chesterfield, and incumbency of the Rev. Peter Thomas Ouvry, M.A. The church has been lately restored, and the pews altered. The Baptists and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists have chapels here. There are Church and Infant Schools. The former was built by Lord Overstone, in 1850, with a. residence for the master, at a. cost of about £700. The almshouses for eight poor men and women, were founded in 1516, by Dame Dorothy Pelham. The inmates receive each 4s. per week.

Ascot House, for many years the seat of the Dormers, and inherited from them by the earls of Chesterfield, has been pulled down, but the park is still enclosed.

Cottesloe, which gave name to the Hundred, was a hamlet in this parish, but is now depopulated.


Adams Miss Sophia Burcott
Hart Rev. John, M.A.  
Ouvry Rev. Peter Thomas vicar
Randle Mr. Benjamin  


Adams Henry farmer, Burcott
Akehurst Mary Ann mistress of Church School
Attwood Richard victualler, “Cock,” and postmaster
Beckett Jonathan grocer, Littleworth
Bedford Joseph boot and shoemaker
Bennett Joseph farmer, West park
Biggs Edward farmer, Burcott
Biggs James grocer
Bone John grocer
Brandon Thomas blacksmith and dairyman, Ascott
Brown Thomas farrier
Capp Stephen dairyman
Capp Thomas boot and shoemaker, Crafton
Coles Leah grocer and draper
Collins Bernard and Joseph farmers, Crafton
Denchfield George carpenter
Denchfield George, jun carpenter and grocer
Denchfield Levi carpenter and wheelwright
Denchfield Thomas victualler, “Six Bells,” Burcott
Dimmock Thomas dairyman
Dimmock William carpenter, Littleworth
Drinkwater William baker
Flemings John farmer, Crafton
Foster John blacksmith
Foster Mary straw bonnet maker
Fountain Bernard farmer, Wingbury
Gates John farmer, Ascott
Gates John victualler, “Royal Oak,” Ascott green
Hardwick Joseph carpenter
Harris Richard farmer, and corn miller
Hart Thomas auctioneer, valuer, land agent, and farmer, Ascott
Hart William farmer
Headly George straw plat dealer
Hedges Richard farmer, Cottesloe
Heley Susan butcher
Heley William maltster and corn factor
Mortimere William tailor, and registrar of births, deaths, and marriages
Onley James farmer, Crafton
Page William butcher and shopkeeper
Paine James farmer, Wingbury
Prentice Martha farmer, Ascott field
Prentice Thomas farmer, Burcott
Rose George farmer, Tinker’s hole
Rose William shopkeeper
Rogers Edmund butcher
Sear Joseph bricklayer
Smith Mary farmer, Burcott
Swannell Joseph A. farmer, Burcott
Tanner Alfred grocer
Thorn George shopkeeper
Walter Robert shopkeeper
Ward Mary Infant schoolmistress
Ward Robert Church schoolmaster
Webster Alexander land agent
Whipham William grocer
Willison Robert farmer, Crafton
Windmill John victualler, ” Queen’s Head”
Windmill Thomas baker and wheelwright
Woodman William Hedges farmer
Young John tailor

Post Office

Attwood Richard, postmaster. Letters arrive,­7 ½ a.m, winter; and 7 a.m, summer: depart, 7pm

Places of Worship

Church: Ouvry Rev. Peter Thomas. M.A., vicar. Service. 10 ½ a.m., and 2 ½ p.m., winter; and 6 p.m, summer
Baptist Chapel: No regular minister. Service, 3 and 6 p.m.
Primitive Methodist Chapel: Circuit preachers. Service, 2 and 6 p.m
Wesleyan Chapel: Circuit preachers. Service, 2 and 6 p.m


Church School: Ward Robert, master; Akehurst Mary Ann, mistress. Number of boys. 80; girls, 30
Infant School: Ward Mary, mistress. Number of children, 30


Aylesbury: Lee James, sat, 9am
Leighton Buzzard: Lee James, mon, tues, wed, thurs, and fri, 9am