Aspley Guise section of the Cassey Trade Directory of 1862:

Aspley Guise is a village and parish, 2 miles from Woburn, in the hundred of Manshead and union of Woburn. The manor was anciently vested in the Beauchamps, as a parcel of the Barony of Bedford. Simon de Beauchamp surrendered it by way of composition to Guy de St. Walery, who had laid claim to his whole barony. Reginald de St. Walery gave it to Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, and Grand Justiciar of England, whose widow Margaret, daughter of the King of Scots, died seized of it, as her dower, in 1259. After this, Aspley became the property and chief seat of the Gyses or Guises, ancestors of the Gloucestershire family of that name. Anselm de Gyse had this manor in marriage with a daughter of Hubert de Burgh, above mentioned. John de Gyse was one of the knights of this shire in 1328. IN 1540 John Gyse Esq. gave the manor of Aspley to King Henry VIII. In exchange for lands in Gloucestershire. It is probable that the king granted it to Sir Ralph Sadleir, one of his chief favourites Edwin Sadleir, of Aspley, was created a baronet in 1661. Sir Edwin Sadleir, his son, last baronet, died in 1719, bequeathing the manor of Aspley to his kinsman George Sadleir, Esq.

Here was formerly a market on Fridays, and a fair at St. Botolph’s-tide, granted to one of the Guises in 1267. The living is a rectory, in the patronage of the Duke of Bedford, value £325. The church is a neat building, which has been much improved by the addition of new clerestory windows, the lower ones being of stained glass; it has a square embattled tower. The parish comprises about 1950 acres; the population, in 1851, was 1302. The chief owners of the soil are the Duke of Bedford; Rev J. Vaux Moore, Charles Hoare, Esq. and the Rev. R. S. Moody: the latter is lord of the manor.

Letters arrive from Woburn at 8a.m.; dispatched at 6p.m.

Francis Kerr, Esq.
Rev. George Mahon, M.A.
Rev. John Vaux Moore, M.A.
John Robinson, Esq.
Mr. Benjamin Wiffen, Mount Pleasant

George Arnold, tailor
William Atkins, farmer
Daniel Barnwell, butcher
John Billington, fishmonger
Kitty Britten, beer retailer
George Bunyan, plumber &c
James Barton, Bell Inn
Samuel Chibnell, plasterer and innkeeper, Swan Inn
Joseph Cook, shopkeeper
Summers Douglas, farmer
Joseph Flude, tailor
Thomas Fryer, baker
William Gilbert, farmer
George Goodman, shopkeeper
William and Henry Green, grocers and drapers
William Handscomb, nurseryman
John Huwlatt, carpenter
William Hirdle, builder
George Hobbs, saddler
William How, farmer
John Large, shoemaker
Edward Read, blacksmith
John Samwell, saddler
George Stapleton, shoemaker
Abraham Page Turney, grocer
Charles Whitman, tailor


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