Buntingford in 1838
Buntingford is in Edwinstree hundred, in the parish of Layston, on the road to Cambridge, 31 miles from London. It has a brick chapel built above two hundred years ago. There are also some almshouses, forming three sides of a quadrangle. The population of the parish in 1831 was 1,093, two-fifths agricultural. The market was on Monday, but has been discontinued. The living of Layston is a vicarage in the deanery of Braughing, the archdeaconry of Middlesex, and the diocese of London, of the yearly value £149. There is an Independent congregation. There were in Layston parish in 1833, one grammar-school with 3 boys, one charity-school with 36 girls, and one Sunday-sohool of 70 children.