Eyeworth


Eyeworth

Coordinates: 52°05′41″N 0°10′43″W / 52.09459°N 0.1787°W / 52.09459; -0.1787

Eyeworth
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All Saints Church, Eyeworth
Eyeworth is located in Bedfordshire
Eyeworth

 Eyeworth shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL248455
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIGGLESWADE
Postcode district SG19
Dialling code 01767
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North East Bedfordshire
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Eyeworth (also Eyworth) is a village and civil parish located in east Bedfordshire, England, around 5 miles north east of Biggleswade.

It is now part of the parish of Sutton and Eyeworth which had a combined population of 385 in 2001, of which 86 were estimated to be part of Eyeworth itself.[1]

Despite its small size Eyeworth is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The majority of the houses are Victorian, though the seventeenth century Church Farm still remains.

The widow of Francis Bacon, née Alice Barnham, lived in Eyeworth following his death, and she died there in 1650. There were a number of minor skirmishes in the parish during the Civil War and it is reputed that Oliver Cromwell visited the village and damaged some of the church's icons.[2]

All Saints Church

The village is home to a medieval church dedicated to All Saints whose current building dates back to the fourteenth century and is partly constructed from Totternhoe stone. The church's fifteenth century spire was destroyed by lightning in 1967 and after the subsequent theft of the lead from its roof was replaced by a much smaller modern turret.[2]

The interior houses a number of medieval brasses and monuments to Sir Edmund Anderson (d.1605), founder of the Anderson line who were lords of the manor, and who was also a judge during the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots.

References

  1. ^ "Parish Profile for Sutton / Eyeworth". Bedfordshire County Council. http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/webingres/bedfordshire/census/parish-profiles/pp-sutton-eyeworth.htm. 
  2. ^ a b Alan Castle (2001). Walking in Bedfordshire. Cicerone Press Ltd. 

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