Caddington

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Caddington
Caddington is located in Bedfordshire
Caddington
Caddington
 Caddington shown within Bedfordshire
Population 3,846 (Google Earth)
OS grid reference TL065195
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LUTON
Postcode district LU1
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Luton South
List of places
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England
Bedfordshire

Coordinates: 51°51′47″N 0°27′24″W / 51.86308°N 0.45679°W / 51.86308; -0.45679

Caddington (TL 065 195) is a village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is between the Dunstable/Luton urban area (to the north), and Hertfordshire (to the south).

The western border of the parish is Watling Street, to the west of which is Kensworth. The northern and eastern border are generally formed by the railway line and the M1. To the south-east of the parish is the parish of Slip End, and to the south is Markyate, in Hertfordshire.

Caddington village and the nearby hamlet of Aley Green are in the south of the parish.[1] The hamlet of Chaul End lies in the north of the parish, and at the border with Luton there is Caddington Park with Skimpot in its postal address. The Zouches Farm radio tower is situated in the north-west of the parish.

History[edit]

Caddington was once the centre of a thriving brick industry built around the rich source of clay. A "Caddington Blue" was a well-known engineering brick.[citation needed]The assertion relating to the Caddington blue is regarded by some[who?] as a little suspect. During the 1970s Bedfordshire County Council in conjunction with the Royal Commission On Historical Monuments (England), published the book "Brickmaking - A History And Gazetteer". The book identifies 17 specific sites within the Caddington locale which are credited with producing "Greys". The common name for the plum coloured brick produced from the flinty brick earths excavated from an area from Kensworth through Caddington to Stopsley is "Luton Grey".

Much of Caddington is now urban and there has been much residential development in recent years with the provision of local facilities such as shops, schools and a public hall. Caddington still retains its village green and nearby is the medieval parish church, restored in Victorian times.[citation needed] Manshead School (formerly Dunstable Grammar School) relocated to Caddington in 1971.

Markyate Priory, disestablished in 1537, was situated in Caddington. Caddington has had various schools such as Willowfield and Heathfield Lower Schools and Five Oaks Middle School but these have since been combined into Caddington Village School.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Caddington has a Non-League football team Caddington F.C. and a thriving cricket club with three adult teams and a youth development section. It is also home to Caddington Chequers FC who compete in the Leighton & District Sunday Football League. The Chequers Public house have also sponsored Caddingtons newest football club, AFC Chequers Caddington who compete in the South Beds & district Sunday football league.

Football and Cricket fixtures are hosted at the Caddington Recreation Association in Manor Road which, as well as providing sports facilities also has a function room and members' bar.

Two local public houses can be found either side of the village green, namely The Cricketers and The Chequers.

Caddington has an annual village show in September incorporating a produce show, dog show and craft fair.

Places of worship[edit]

Caddington has a number of local churches:

See also

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The Aley Green pages listed under External links state that Aley Green is in the parish of Caddington. But the cemetery and the southern end of Mancroft Road, which are in the parish of Slip End, are sometimes also described as Aley Green (for example, in postal addresses and on Google Maps).

Brickmaking - A History & Gazetteer 1979. ISBN 0-901051-86-1

Notable residents[edit]

  • Surrealist gardener Sam Edgar, one of the great philosophers of the 18th century, poet laureate.
  • Former television soap legend Barry Evans lived at 123 Dunstable Road in Caddington.

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