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Toddington, Bedfordshire, England
Toddington, a market town and parish in the hundred of Manshead, county of Bedford, 5 miles northeast of Leighton-Buzzard, less than 7 miles north northeast of Soulbury, Bucks, 7 miles northwest of Luton, Beds, 15 miles south of Bedford, and 39 north northwest of London… The market was granted by charter of Henry III in 1218. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln… in the patronage of the Heirs of the late Lady Louisa CONOLLY. The church, which is dedicated to St. George, has portions in the later style of English architecture, and contains some ancient monuments; the exterior is ornamented with a variety of grotesque figures of animals. Some remains of an old manor-house, erected on the summit of Cinger mount, are still visible, having been converted into a farm-house. An hospital for a chaplain and three poor men was founded here, in 1443, by Sir John BROUGHTON.
It is quite possible that the following is not a Toddington record. We know from other (non-Combs) records that there was an early Tuddington [sic] in Bedfordshire,* but whether it still exists under that name, or became Toddington is still not yet known. There is also a Toddington in Gloucester.
Commissary Court of London, f356. Will of William COOMES ; chldren William and Jane; sister Martha; wife Anne, executrix; overseers Thos HENNE & Thos GOOSE (Commissary Court of London Will Abstracts Volume 26 (1629-1634) Surnames C-F)
* Tuddington, Bedfordshire is mentioned in the 1806 Magna Britannia in reference to the above-noted Sir John BROUGHTON; i.e., “…John Lord Russell, afterwards Earl of Bedford, married Anne, relict of Sir John BROUGHTON, of Tuddington, in Bedfordshire, and heiress of Sir Guy SAPCOTE…" Gen-UKI's Chenies, Bucks) and a 1617 Clare, Suffolk record names "… one John COPE of Tuddington in the County of Bedford, husbandman…” (A Short History of Clare, Suffolk).
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