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[[File:Bedfordshire Hundreds 1830.png|right|thumb|200px|The Hundreds of Bedfordshire]]
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[[File:Willey Hundred - Bedfordshire.svg|thumb|200px|Willey Hundred shown in Bedfordshire]]
The '''Willey Hundred''' is one of the hundreds of [[Bedfordshire]], occupying the northwest corner of the county. Its northwestern boundary is the county border with [[Northamptonshire]], and its southwestern boundary the border with [[Buckinghamshire]]. Some of its parishes and settlements lie on the [[Great Ouse]] which flows through the hundred.
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The '''Willey Hundred''' is one of the hundreds of [[Bedfordshire]], occupying the north-west corner of the county. Its north-western boundary is the county border with [[Northamptonshire]], and its south-western boundary the border with [[Buckinghamshire]]. Some of its parishes and settlements lie on the [[Great Ouse]] which flows through the hundred. It had a population of 20,576 in 2011.
  
[[File:AllSaints-Odell.jpg|left|thumb|150px|All Saints Church, Odell]]
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[[File:AllSaints-Odell.jpg|thumb|200px|All Saints Church, Odell]]
The Willey Hundred is recorded in the [[Domesday Book]] of 1086.  It included at that time the following historical parishes:
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The Willey Hundred is recorded in the [[Domesday Book]] of 1086.  It included at that time the following parishes:
  
 
[[Carlton, Bedfordshire|Carlton]], [[Chellington]], [[Farndish]], [[Felmersham]] with [[Radwell, Bedfordshire|Radwell]], [[Harrold, Bedfordshire|Harrold]], [[Odell]], [[Podington]] with [[Hinwick]], [[Sharnbrook]], [[Thurleigh]], [[Turvey, Bedfordshire|Turvey]], and [[Wymington]].  
 
[[Carlton, Bedfordshire|Carlton]], [[Chellington]], [[Farndish]], [[Felmersham]] with [[Radwell, Bedfordshire|Radwell]], [[Harrold, Bedfordshire|Harrold]], [[Odell]], [[Podington]] with [[Hinwick]], [[Sharnbrook]], [[Thurleigh]], [[Turvey, Bedfordshire|Turvey]], and [[Wymington]].  
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[[Biddenham]], [[Bletsoe]], [[Bromham, Bedfordshire|Bromham]], [[Pavenham]], [[Souldrop]], [[Stagsden]], and [[Stevington]].<ref>{{brithist|42376}}</ref>
 
[[Biddenham]], [[Bletsoe]], [[Bromham, Bedfordshire|Bromham]], [[Pavenham]], [[Souldrop]], [[Stagsden]], and [[Stevington]].<ref>{{brithist|42376}}</ref>
  
What was later the northeast corner or the Hundred of Willey was previously the Half Hundred of Bucklow, it had long been associated with the Hundred of Willey and became absorbed into it in 1831, causing it to gain some of the extra parishes. In the 13th century the two were royal hundreds recorded as ''The bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe''. A man named ''Hugh de Willey'' was recorded as ''The keeper of the bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe'', at his death in 1278 his son Roger succeeded him; making the title appear hereditary.
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What was later the north-east corner or the Hundred of Willey was previously the Half Hundred of Bucklow. It had long been associated with the Hundred of Willey and eventually became absorbed into it, causing it to gain some of the extra parishes. In the 13th century the two were royal hundreds recorded as ''The bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe''. A man named ''Hugh de Willey'' was recorded as ''The keeper of the bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe'', at his death in 1278 his son Roger succeeded him; making the title appear hereditary.
  
 
==Landscape==
 
==Landscape==
Although there are many small settlements the majority of land in the hundred remains rural and is still used for farming. There is a railway line running close to the northeast border, however some stations on this line are now closed such as Sharnbrook closed in 1960.  
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Although there are many small settlements the majority of land in the hundred remains rural and is still used for farming. There is a railway line running close to the north-east border, however some stations on this line are now closed such as Sharnbrook closed in 1960.  
  
 
==Parishes==
 
==Parishes==
The hundred is reckoned to contain the following ancient parishes:
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The hundred comprises the following ancient parishes:
  
[[Biddenham]], [[Bletsoe]], [[Bromham, Bedfordshire|Bromham]], [[Carlton, Bedfordshire|Carlton]], [[Chellington]], [[Farndish]], [[Felmersham]], [[Harrold, Bedfordshire|Harrold]], [[Odell, Bedfordshire|Odell]], [[Pavenham]], [[Podington]], [[Sharnbrook]], [[Souldrop]], [[Stagsden]], [[Stevington]], [[Thurleigh]], [[Turvey]]
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*[[Biddenham]]
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*[[Bletsoe]]
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*[[Bromham, Bedfordshire|Bromham]]
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*[[Carlton, Bedfordshire|Carlton]]
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*[[Chellington]]
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*[[Farndish]]<sup>*</sup>
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*[[Felmersham]]
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*[[Harrold, Bedfordshire|Harrold]]
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*[[Odell, Bedfordshire|Odell]]
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*[[Pavenham]]
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*[[Podington]]
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*[[Sharnbrook]]
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*[[Souldrop]]
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*[[Stagsden]]
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*[[Stevington]]
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*[[Thurleigh]]
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*[[Turvey]]
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<sup>*</sup>: Partly in Northamptonshire.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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{{Bedfordshire hundreds}}
[[Category:Hundreds of Bedfordshire]]
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Latest revision as of 14:41, 28 April 2019

Willey Hundred shown in Bedfordshire

The Willey Hundred is one of the hundreds of Bedfordshire, occupying the north-west corner of the county. Its north-western boundary is the county border with Northamptonshire, and its south-western boundary the border with Buckinghamshire. Some of its parishes and settlements lie on the Great Ouse which flows through the hundred. It had a population of 20,576 in 2011.

All Saints Church, Odell

The Willey Hundred is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. It included at that time the following parishes:

Carlton, Chellington, Farndish, Felmersham with Radwell, Harrold, Odell, Podington with Hinwick, Sharnbrook, Thurleigh, Turvey, and Wymington.

Later the hundred came to include additional parishes:

Biddenham, Bletsoe, Bromham, Pavenham, Souldrop, Stagsden, and Stevington.[1]

What was later the north-east corner or the Hundred of Willey was previously the Half Hundred of Bucklow. It had long been associated with the Hundred of Willey and eventually became absorbed into it, causing it to gain some of the extra parishes. In the 13th century the two were royal hundreds recorded as The bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe. A man named Hugh de Willey was recorded as The keeper of the bailiwick of Wilie and half bailiwick of Bukkelowe, at his death in 1278 his son Roger succeeded him; making the title appear hereditary.

Landscape

Although there are many small settlements the majority of land in the hundred remains rural and is still used for farming. There is a railway line running close to the north-east border, however some stations on this line are now closed such as Sharnbrook closed in 1960.

Parishes

The hundred comprises the following ancient parishes:

*: Partly in Northamptonshire.

References

Hundreds of Bedfordshire

Barford • Biggleswade • Clifton • Flitt • Manshead • Redbournestoke • Stodden • Willey • Wixamtree