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This is a transcription of the listing of the 1847 Post Office Directory entry for Turvey.

Many thanks to Mr Brian Comley for kindly sending me this information.

Turvey is a pleasant village, 7 miles from Bedford, 4 from Olney, and 9 from Newport Pagnell, on the borders of Buckinghamshire, from which it is divided by the river Ouse, in the Hundred of Willey, and diocese of the Bishop of Ely.

The living is a rectory, in the gift of Thomas Charles Higgins, Esq., value £453; Rev. John Hawkesley, M.A., incumbent; Rev. William Brighton Russell, M.A., and Rev. James Thomas Smith, B.A., Curates. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a handsome stone structure, with tower; the interior has been entirely repaired and beautified within the last 12 months. It contains several fine monuments to the families of Lord Mordaunt, and the Earls of Peterborough. The organ has recently been much enlarged, at the expense of Charles Longuet Higgins, Esq.

There are several handsome mansions in the neighbourhood. The approach to Turvey from Bedford is by an avenue of trees, nearly 1 mile in length. There are Wesleyan and Independent chapels, and National and Infant schools; also extensive charities. Large quantities of pillow-thread lace are made at Turvey.

The land is chiefly agricultural. Population, 1,000; acreage, 4,000; value of assessed property, £4,500. Charles Longuet Higgins, Esq., lord of the manor.


Richard Jones, postmaster, Letters received from Newport Pagnell, at 9 am; box closes at 4 pm

Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Nathaniel Godfrey

Royal Farmers’ Fire & Life Insurance Company, Richard Jones, agent

CARRIERS - Thomas Bailey & Gillaway Harley, to Bedford, at 9 am; returns same evening, at 7 pm

OMNIBUS - Wesley’s omnibus, from the ‘Tinker,’ to Wolverton station, at 10


Jefferies, from the ‘Tinker,’ to Bedford, on Tuesday, at 12 am & Sat. at 10 am; to Northampton on Wednesday & Saturday, at 5 pm

Douglas, from the ‘Tinker,’ to Bedford, on Monday, at 5 pm, & Thursday at ½ past 2 pm; to Northampton on Wednesday, at ½ past 2 pm

‘Tinker’ refers to the Tinker’s Inn - the famous public house in Turvey High Street - now it is the Village Store.  

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1847 Post Office Directory

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