Houghton Conquest

Houghton Conquest

Houghton Conquest was a manor in the hundred of Redbornestoke, county of Bedford. It is a few miles north of Ampthill. [cite web | url = http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/BDF/HoughtonConquest/index.html | title = Houghton Conquest | work = GENUKI | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ] It was held by the Conquest family from 13C to 18C when it was known as Conquestbury or Houghtonbury.cite web | url = http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/~steve/bedford/houghton.html | title = Houghton Conquest | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ]

History

Mary Sidney, Sir Philip Sidney's sister, had the house built circa 1615-21. After Lady Pembroke's death, the Bruce family acquired the house in 1624 and lived in it until 1696.

The manor was sold to the Earl of Upper Ossory in 1741 by Benedict Conquest.cite web | url = http://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/~steve/bedford/conquest.html | title = The Conquest Family | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ]

In 1738 it passed to the Russells, and in 1794 Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford unroofed it, removing most of its fittings.

Rectors

* 1300s: John Conquest [cite web | url = http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=42433 | title = Parishes: Houghton Conquest | work = British History Online | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ]
* 1589-1631: Thomas Archer, local antiquariancite web | url = http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.digitised_resources/houghton_conquest_timeline.htm | title = Houghton Conquest Timeline | work = Bedfordshire Libraries | date = March 15, 2007 | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ]
* 4 April 1725: Zachary Grey (1688-1766), [cite web | url = http://www.galaxy.bedfordshire.gov.uk/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.digitised_resources/houghton_conquest_zachary_grey.htm | title = Zachary Grey (1688-1766) | work = Bedfordshire Libraries | date = December 22, 2005 | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ] and vicar of St. Gile's and St. Peter's in Cambridge
* 1837-1873: Henry John Rose, theologian and antiquarian [cite journal | author = Peter Lindenbaum | title = Authors and Publishers in the Late Seventeenth Century, II: Brabazon Aylmer and the Mysteries of the Trade | journal = The Library | issn = 0024-2160 | volume = 3 | issue = 1 | year = 2002 | pages = Pp. 32–57 | doi = 10.1093/library/3.1.32]

In addition, two other people have been named as rector:
* Edward Woodley Bowling, named [cite book | title = Sagittulae, Random Verses | author = Bowling, Edward Woodley | authorlink = Edward Woodley Bowling | year = 1885 | location = Cambridge | publisher = W. Metcalfe and Son | url = http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18009/18009-8.txt | id = OCLC|25002058 | accessdate = 2007-06-12 ]
* Rev. Birch [cite journal | title = Rev. – Birch, Rector of Houghton Conquest, Bedford | author = F. A. Weld | journal = Notes and Queries | year = 1876 | volume = s5-V | issue = 107 | pages = 47–48 | issn = 0029-3970 | url = http://nq.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/s5-V/107/47-a ]

References

Additional reading

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External links

* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/BDF/HoughtonConquest/index.html Houghton Conquest] in GENUKI
* [http://www.knifeandcleaver.com/ The Knife & Cleaver Inn]


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