FROM A BRIEF HISTORY OF GARDENS IN BEDFORDSHIRE
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN ?
"The Subsidies of 1309 and 1332 (Suffolk Green Book Volume XVIII) list names; some of which are occupation based. In 1309 thirteen Gardeners/le Gardeners are mentioned. They are in: Campton with Shefford, Bedford, Cardington, Cranfield, Eastcotts, Elstow, Harrold, Marston, Shelton, two in Houghton Regis, and two in Thurleigh. In the 1332 Subsidy there were eight Gardeners at: Bedford, Carlton, Houghton Regis, Shefford cum Campton, Marston, Shelton, Stagsden, Thurleigh. It is interesting that none of these men and women came from East Bedfordshire, later the centre of the Market Gardening industry "