St. Leonard's, Heath & Reach
Church was originally a private chapel belonging to Heath Manor House.
In 1705, Elizabeth Wigg the daughter and heir of Richard Wigg of the
Manor, gave the Chapel to the people of Heath & Reach.
Until 1825, when
Heath & Reach became an Ecclesiastical Parish, it was a Chapel
of Ease to All Saints, Leighton Buzzard.
The church is located in Leighton Road, directly opposite
to the Manor House. The oldest part of the structure is the west tower,
dating from the 16th century. With the exception of the tower, the
church was rebuilt in 1829, and the apsidal brick chancel was added in
The 19th century nave is 49 ft. by 28 ft. in a Gothic style,
with its detail worked in Roman cement. The main entrance to the nave
is via a modern south porch. The west window of the tower is of three
flat pointed lights probably of the same age as the tower. The belfry
windows are single lights covered with Roman cement, like the whole of
the tower's exterior.
There is one small bell in the tower dated 1695, this
has the inscription "Richard Wige Gentman, oner of me".
||Martin Benson. Not in Registers, died 1834. Date
on Font and on stone in Nave of Church
||John Grant Lawford, M.A.
||John Charles Orlebar, clerk. Also perpetual curate
||Thomas John Williams, M.A. Afterwards Vicar of Waddesdon
||Joseph Orlando Stallard, M.A.
||William Wallis Richards,
M.A. Son of Vicar of Leighton
||Canon Lambert Woodward, M.A.
||E. G. Meyrick Wood, M.A.
||Percy Llewellyn Leakey, M.A.