- Southill, Bedfordshire
Southill is a village in
Bedfordshire, England, about convert|5|mi|km|0 from Biggleswade.
John Byngis buried in All Saints Church.
In 1805, the village was described as follows: "SOUTH HILL, or SOUTHILL, (Bedf.) v [illage] dist [ance] from
Shefford2 m [iles] N [orth] which gives title of baron to Viscount Torrington, whose family seatis here. On a monument in the church is an inscription to the memory of the Hon. John Byng, Vice Admiral of the Blue, who fell a martyr to political persecution, March 14, 1757. Near it is Wardon, or De Sartes abbey, founded by Walter Espec, in 1135, for Cistercianmonks. [Oulton, W.C. (1805) "The Traveller's Guide; or, English Itinerary", Vol II, p. 603. Ivy-Lane, London: James Cundee.]
In 1914, the village was described as follows: "Southill,
parishand village with railway station (1½ miles north-west, Midland Railway), east Bedfordshire; parish 5734 acres, population 989, ecclesiastical district 954; village 3 miles south-west of Biggleswade; Post Office; Telegraph Office at station. In vicinity is Southill Park, seat". [ Bartholomew, J.G. (1914) "The Survey Gazetteer of the British Isles; Topographical, Statistical and Commercial, compiled from the 1911 census and the latest official returns", Edinburgh: John Bartholomew & Co.]
An event was held in the village in March 2007 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the execution of Admiral Byng, and a special "Admiral Byng" ale was brewed (by B&T Brewery Limited of Shefford) to mark the occasion.
The first mention of a
post officein the village is in 1850. The post office national archives record the issue to Southill on 6 August 1850 of a type of postmarkknown as an undated circle. Rubber datestamps were issued in May 1889 and April 1895. [Mackay, James A. (1986) "Sub Office Rubber Datestamps of England and Wales", pp 340-341, Dumfries: published by the author, ISBN 0 906440 39 4] The village post office closed on 14 October 2008. It was one of about 2,500 compulsory compensated closures of UK post office branches announced by the Government in 2007. [ "Proposed branch closure" (2008) Leaflet issued by Post Office Ltd.]
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