Our Parish History
We have put together a collection of Websites detailing historical events and writings. Ideal for those wanting to learn more about the history behind the parish of Heath and Reach.
Several of these links will take you to dedicated Websites where the content may be updated or contain broken links. As we do not manage these sites, these issues would be out of our control.
This is a linked page to the Central Bedfordshire Council’s Website where you can find out about all of the conservation areas in Central Bedfordshire.
Researchers may also find clues to the listed buildings and a wealth of other information.
The name Heath is first found in the Assize Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1276 as le Hethe.
The name is self-explanatory as much of the parish’s landscape is of the sandy heathland variety.
Sand has been quarried from the area for over 150 years but supplies are finite and won’t last forever.
Leighton Buzzard sand is famous all over the world for its versatility and its usage and the Museum Website has a wealth of history.
The Village Pump and Clock Tower is an important landmark in the village of Heath and Reach.
Built in 1873, the building houses a pump above a well which for many years was the main source of water in the village.