Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Woburn

Woburn.-- market town and par., Bedfordshire, in W. of co., 2½ miles SE. of Woburn Sands sta. and 6 miles NE. of Leighton Buzzard, 3200 ac., pop. 1316; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Friday. Woburn is an old town, and originated in the foundation of an abbey in 1145. The church (rebuilt in 1868) is a handsome structure. The other public buildings are the market-house (1838), a literary and scientific institution, and endowed schools for boys and girls. Lace-making and the mfr. of straw-plait are the chief industries. In addition to the weekly market there are four important fairs for horses and cattle. Woburn Abbey, seat of the Duke of Bedford, is a magnificent building, in a park 12 miles in circumference.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

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Feature Description: "market town and parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Woburn AP/CP       Bedfordshire AncC
Place: Woburn

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