Kellys Directory of Woburn Sands 1885

Woburn Sands is an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1867, comprising the parishes of Aspley Heath and parts of the parish of Aspley Guise and Wavendon. The two former are in the union of Woburn, county court district of Leighton Buzzard, and county of Beds, and the latter (Wavendon) in the union of Newport Pagnell, and county of Bucks. The village has a station on the Bedford and Cambridge branch of the London and North-Western railway, 12 miles south-west from Bedford and 4 miles east from Bletchley and 2½ north-west from Woburn: it is 44 miles from London by road and 50 by rail: it is in the rural deanery of Fleete, archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Ely. The church of St. Michael, in Aspley Heath parish, is a building of stone, in the French Gothic style, erected in 1868 from designs by Mr. Henry Clutton, architect: it consists of chancel, nave of five bays and a small circular bell turret. The register dates from the year 1867. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £150, in the gift of the Duke of Bedford, and held since 1884 by the Rev. Edward Henry Mosse M. A. of Christ's College, Cambridge. There are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist and Particular Baptist chapels, and a Friends' meeting house. The Village Institute, built in 1874, at a cost of about £800, stands near the centre of the parish: it has a library of upwards of 600 volumes, and is used for concerts and other village purposes. The parish is particularly salubrious, being situated on the Lower Greensand formation, which here is a reddish- brown sand, and partly covered by pine woods. The principal landowners are the Duke of Bedford, John Green esq. C. Ridgway esq. and W. H. Denison esq. The area is 1,400 acres; the population in 1881 was 1,077.
Parish Clerk, Charles Beasley.


Post & money order office & Savings Bank, Woburn Sands.-Thomas Hudson, sub-postmaster. Letters arrive from Woburn at 6.45 & 10.55 a.m.; dispatched at 5.40 & 7.55 p.m. & on Sundays at 12 noon. The nearest telegraph office is Aspley Guise.

Insurance agents:- Commercial Union, E. G. Miller, Cheapside. Westminster General Life, Jabez Whiting    


School (mixed), erected, with mistress's house, in 1868, at cost of the Duke of Bedford, for 240 children; average attendance, 160; Mrs. Jane Wall, mistress


Railway Station, John Sail Barratt, station master


Carriers to:- Bedford - Thomas Clarke, sat; Leighton Buzzard - George Paternoster, tues; Newport Pagnell - Thomas Clarke, tues. & fri


Private Residents
James Aikenhead, Sydney Cottage

John Attack
John Barr
George Richie Bermingham
Frank Chaplin
Marshall Christie
Thomas Henry Crane
William Henry Denison, Hardwick
Frederick William Down, Haydon House
Henry Down, Woodfield
Down, Mrs., Haydon House
John Fryer, Milgate
Harbert, Miss
George Harris, The Laurels
Henderson, Misses
George Lees
James Lloyd, Ferndale
George Loke
Loke, Miss
Frederick Moore
Rev. Edward Henry Mosse M. A. [vicar]
Robert Newton
Pain, Mrs
William Platt
Stagg, Mrs
Charles Pole Stuart J. P., Sandy Mount House

John Paul Summerley
Swabey Mrs., Woodcote
Taylor, Mrs
Rev. Edward Thistlethwaite [Wesleyan]
Thomason Mrs
Henry Tyler
Edmund Vallance
James Warren, Montrose House

Our parade of shops
The Woburn Sands parade of shops.

Commercial
William Adkins, insurance agent
Robert Bailey, Weathercock Public House
Edward Boyes, draper & clothier
George William Bull, butcher
Ann Maria Burgess (Mrs.), shopkeeper & coffee tavern
John Byworth, straw-hat manufacturer
Thomas Chisnall, plumber & glazier
John Clarke, beer retailer
John Clarke, printer & pianoforte tuner
Thomas Clarke, carrier
William Edward Clarke, coal & corn merchant
John Collins, baker & farmer
William George Cooper, Fir Tree Inn & hairdresser
George Day, boot & shoemaker
Henry Down & Co., proprietors of the "Farmers' Friend" for Prevention of Smut in Wheat; of "Melville's Veterinary Preparations”; & at Woburn. See advertisements
Henry & F. W. Down, maltsters & corn merchants; & at Woburn
James Dudley, brick & tile manufacturers
Jane Durrant (Miss), dressmaker
Joshua Emms, watch & clock maker & jeweller &c
Charles Featherstonehaugh, rope maker
Thomas Gadesden, farmer
Esau George, builder & contractor
John Giles, timber merchant
John Goodall, timber & coal merchant
Henry Deacon Godfrey, dentist & chemist
Samuel Hack, shopkeeper
Henry Thomas Hall, auctioneer, &c
Alfred Hopkins, baker
Thomas Hudson, grocer & butcher, & post office
Frederick Hutton, builder
William Ingle, beer retailer
George Dolton lnwood, builder
Henry Inwood, tailor
Mary Ann Inwood (Mrs.), lodging house
Arthur Kent, wheelwright & coach builder
Marrianne Kent (Miss), draper & milliner
George Labrum, Swan Hotel
George Loke, land agent &c

John T. Luttman, Commercial General hotel
George Mann, carpenter
Annie Miles, (Miss), lodging house
Edward George Miller, printer & stationer
Frederick Moore, coal merchant
Thomas Smith Newman, draper & grocer & wine merchant
William Poole, joiner & builder
George William Paternoster, grocer & carrier
Joseph Rice, blacksmith
Robert Riches, boot & shoemaker 
John Scott, carter
William Sharrett, builder & contractor
Alfred Smith, horse dealer & farmer, & brick & tile manufacturer
Charlotte Smith (Miss), dressmaker
James Smith, carter
Edwin Spring, builder & joiner
John Sollom, lath render
Henry Summerley, cooper
George Tansley, grocer
Thomas Tomkins, coal, corn, seed, beer & hay & straw merchant; & at Ridgmont station & Woburn
Emma Turney (Miss), stationer, & fancy repository
Robert Young, boot & shoe maker
Alice Warren (Miss), young ladies' school, Montrose House
Richard E. Whitlock, chimney sweeper
William Whitlock, chimney sweeper
Frederick Wingrave, grocer & wine & spirit merchant, & agent for W. & A. Gilbey, wine & spirit merchants
Woburn Sands Village Institute & Reading Room (Thomas Henry Crane, secretary)
James Wright, draper & boot & shoe dealer

Melvilles Veterinary Preperations....
Down's advert for Melvilles Preperations.