Eyeworth

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Eyeworth
EyeworthChurch.10.5.08.jpg
All Saints Church, Eyeworth
Eyeworth is located in Bedfordshire
Eyeworth
Eyeworth
Location within Bedfordshire
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Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
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Post townSANDY
Postcode districtSG19
Dialling code01767
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52°05′41″N 0°10′43″W / 52.09459°N 0.1787°W / 52.09459; -0.1787Coordinates: 52°05′41″N 0°10′43″W / 52.09459°N 0.1787°W / 52.09459; -0.1787

Eyeworth (also Eyworth) is a small, rural village in the Central Bedfordshire district of the county of Bedfordshire, England, about 12.5 miles (20 km) east south-east of the county town of Bedford.

It is part of the civil parish of Sutton. Eyeworth had a population of 86 in 2001.[1]

Geography[edit]

Eyeworth lies 4 miles (6 km) east of Biggleswade and just under 15 miles (24 km) south-west of Cambridge.

History[edit]

The name is spelt Aieuuorde and Aisseuuorde in the Domesday Book. Eyeworth may mean 'island farm'.[2] The majority of the houses are Victorian, though the seventeenth century Church Farm 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.[3] Notable residents include Sir Peter Kendall, ex President of the National Farmers Union, who farms the land around the village with his brother Richard.

Population[edit]

Population growth in Eyeworth since 1801
YearPop.±%
180186—    
1841128+48.8%
1881170+32.8%
1921120−29.4%
196189−25.8%
200186−3.4%
Source: A Vision of Britain through Time

All Saints' Church[edit]

The village is home to a medieval church dedicated to All Saints whose 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.[3]

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[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Profile for Sutton / Eyeworth". Bedfordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007.
  2. ^ Skeat, Walter W (1906). The place-names of Bedfordshire. p. 64. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Alan Castle (2001). Walking in Bedfordshire. Cicerone Press Ltd.

External links[edit]

Media related to Eyeworth at Wikimedia Commons