Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire Family History Guide

Heath and Reach is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Bedfordshire, created in 1826 from Leighton Buzzard Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Heath

Other places in the parish include: Reach.

Status: Ecclesiastical Parish

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1813
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Heath and Reach

  • Soulbury
  • Pottesgrove
  • Eggington
  • Linslade
  • Leighton Buzzard
  • Hockliffe

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HEATH AND REACH, a chapelry in Leighton-Buzzard parish, Beds; on the Grand Junction canal, adjacent to Bucks, 2¼ miles N of Leighton-Buzzard r. station. Post town, Leighton-Buzzard. Acres, 2, 279. Real property, £4, 214. Pop., 953. Houses, 212. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Col. H. Hanmer. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £300. Patron, the Vicar of Leighton-Buzzard. The church is modern, and has a low square tower. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £5.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


  • County: Bedfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Leighton Buzzard
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of Leighton Buzzard
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – Lincoln, Post 1845 – Ely
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 – None, Post – 1851 – Dunstable
  • Poor Law Union: Leighton Buzzard
  • Hundred: Manshead
  • Province: Canterbury

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