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Kempston Hardwick is a small village on the edge of the town of Kempston in Bedfordshire, England. Historically it was one of the hamlets or "ends" scattered across the parish of Kempston. It has a station on the Marston Vale Line which hit the headlines when it was revealed it only has one passenger a day. Ironically, the town of Kempston itself has no railway station, despite the fact that it has a population of about 20,000 and some have suggested the station should be relocated in Kempston.
Despite it rural setting, for many years Kempston Hardwick was technically part of Kempston town. This is a consequence of the division of the old larger Kempston parish in 1896 into Kempston town and Kempston Rural. However, modern boundary changes have meant that Kempston Hardwick is now part of the rural parish of Stewartby.
The name of Kempston Hardwick was used by local author Adam Croft for one of his fictional detectives.
Hardwick Preceptory was a priory of the Knights Hospitaller from 1279 to 1489. The first mention of this property occurs in 1279. In 1287, and 1330, the Prior claimed to hold a view of frankpledge from four tenants in Kempston. In 1338, this estate comprised a messuage with a garden worth 4s. per annum, a dovehouse valued at 3s. 4d., a water-mill 26s. 8d., 370 acres of land worth £6 3s. 4d., 32 acres meadow worth 44s., 8 acres of pasture worth 8s., and pasture for 200 oxen worth 20s. After the Dissolution, the property, called the manor of Hardwick, was bestowed upon Sir Richard Longe in 1540.
- Kempston Hardwick railway station
- Kempston and Elstow Halt railway station
- List of monastic houses in Bedfordshire
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- Kempston Hardwick pages at the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service
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