The Woburn Sands & Aspley Guise sections from the 1876 Harrods Trade Directory

WOBURN SANDS is an ecclesiastical parish 2 miles from Woburn, and has a station on the London and North Western railway, in the hundred, union, and county court district of Newport Pagnell, diocese of Ely, archdeaconry of Bedford, and rural deanery of Fleete. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. The living is a vicarage, annual value £166 with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Bedford. The Rev. James Milne Hamilton is the vicar. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel. There is a National school; Miss Morgan, mistress. The chief land owners are the Duke of Bedford and C. Ridgway, Esq. The population is about 900. The nearest money order, telegraph office, and post town is Woburn.

Carrier to Newport, Tues. and Fri., Bedford, Sat., William Hull.

The bottom of Station Road
Station Road, Woburn Sands

William Henry Denison, Esq.
Erskine, Mrs.
Gough, Mr.
Rev. James Milne Hamilton, vicar
Henderson, Mrs.
George Lee, Mr.
Ogilvie, Miss
James Pain, Esq.
Thomas Swabey, Esq.
Charles Pole Stuart, Esq.


Robert Bailey, “Weather Cock Inn”
Samuel Bottoms, baker
George Claridge “Swan Inn”
John Collins, baker
Jesse Cooper, “Fir Tree Inn”
HENRY DOWNE & Co., wheat dressing manufacturer
Thomas Gadsden, farmer, Leys’ farm
John Goodall, timber merchant
Frederick Hutton, general builder
Charles Inwood, tailor
Frederick Moore, coal merchant
Henry Newman, draper
John Sharp, shopkeeper
John Sharp and Son, painters, plumbers, &c.
Alfred Smith, horse dealer
James White, beer retailer


Aspley Guise is a parish two miles from Woburn, much frequented by visitors in the summer; is in the hundred of Manshead, union of Woburn, county court district of Leighton Buzzard, diocese of Ely, archdeanery of Bedford, and rural deanery of East Fleete. The church is dedicated to St. Botolph, the windows of which are all of stained glass. The living is a rectory, annual value £216 with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Bedford. The Rev. S. Harvey Gem, M.A., is the rector. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel. There are National and British schools for boys and girls; Mr. Mumford master of the National, Mr Gautrey master of the British. The acreage is 1936, of which the chief owners are The Duke of Bedford, Mr. Hoare, Mrs. Jackson, Miss Smith, S. Douglass, Esq., and others. The lord of the manor is Mr Moody. The population is about 1519. Money-order and telegraph office. Post town, Woburn. Carriers to Bedford, Hull and Foxley Woburn, J. Barnes daily.

Registrar of Marriages – G. Whitman.

Mr George Bird
Mrs Carson, The Wood
Miss Courtney
W. H. Denison Esq.
Edward Ernest Dymond Esq., Oaklands
Mrs Erskine
Col. William Cecil Forrester, The Mount
Rev. Edward Garnier
Rev. S. Harvey Gem, rector M.A., Rectory
The Misses Hawkins, The Cottage
Mrs and the Misses Henderson, Woburn Sands
Mrs Lucy How, The Avenue
Mrs Hugh Jackson
Mrs Letchworth, The Avenue
Mrs Malcolm
Captain Marriott
G. A. D. Mahon Esq., The Mount
Mrs Mahon, The Mount
Miss Moore
James Pain Esq., Woodlands, Woburn Sands
Carlisle S. Parker Esq., The Rookery
Mrs Percival
John Robinson Esq.
Rev. Robert W. J. Stuart
Mr Veasey
Miss Whitby
Miss Wilson

General Trades
William Benbow, blacksmith
Samuel Biscoe, vict. “The Bell”
Briginshaw, coal merchant
Mrs Britten, beer retailer
Mrs Bubb, ladies’ seminary Woburn Sands
George Bunyan, painter & plumber
William Clark, beer retailer
John Collins, baker, Woburn Sands
Joseph Cook, shopkeeper
William Creasy, bricklayer, Woburn Sands
George Dolton, bricklayer, Woburn street
Samuel Daniels, shopkeeper
George Day, boot and shoe maker, Woburn Sands
Charles Featherstonehaugh, rope and rick cloth maker, Woburn Sands
Henry Fryer, baker
John Giles, timber merchant, Woburn Sands
David Giltrow
George Goodman, baker and grocer
Mrs Green, grocer and draper
David Hammond, saddle and harness maker
William Handscomb, nurseryman
Thomas Hudson, butcher, grocer and post-office, Woburn Sands
Frederick Hutton, bricklayer and builder, Woburn Sands
Ingle, the “Oak,” Woburn Sands
Robert Jackson, carpenter, Woburn Sands
Daniel Juffs, beer retailer
Henry Kent, wheelwright, Woburn Sands
John Large, boot and shoe maker
B. Mummery, shopkeeper
George Paternoster, grocer Woburn Sands
Thomas Pickering, butcher
Jonathan Putman, blacksmith, Woburn Sands
David Rich, coal merchant
Isaac Rich, shopkeeper
John Scott, the “Maypole,” Woburn Sands
John Shemeld, painter and plumber
Charles Spring, carpenter
John W. Steers, butcher
J. P. Summerley, assistant overseer, Woburn Sands
Turney and Sons, grocers
Thomas Whitbread, shopkeeper
George Whitman, tailor, registrar of births, marriages, and deaths, and house agent
Dennis Woodin, boot and shoe maker, and sub-postmaster

Summers Douglas, and landowner
Edmund Hobbs
Benjamin Line, and corn dealer
John Millard


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