Harlington, Bedfordshire

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Harlington
Harlington Crossroads(photo by Peter Roberts, March 2005)
Harlington is located in Bedfordshire
Harlington
Harlington
 Harlington shown within Bedfordshire
Population 2,260 (2004)
OS grid reference TL035305
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DUNSTABLE
Postcode district LU5 6
Dialling code 01582
01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Coordinates: 51°57′48″N 0°29′42″W / 51.963355°N 0.495006°W / 51.963355; -0.495006

Harlington is a village and civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England, near the M1 motorway. The nearest town is Flitwick about three miles to the north.

Transport links[edit]

Road[edit]

The village is about 1.5 miles from junction 12 of the M1, 7 miles (11 km) north of Luton, 10 miles (16 km) south of Bedford and 40 miles NNW of London.

Rail[edit]

Harlington has a railway station,in the west of the village.. It was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St. Pancras. The original intention had been to call it "Harlington for Toddington".The station is served by First Capital Connect's Thameslink route trains. From Harlington station, you can travel north to Flitwick and Bedford, or south to Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, Central London, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Buses[edit]

The X42 service provides a direct link to Toddington, Westoning, Flitwick, Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, Kempston, and Bedford.

Air[edit]

The nearest airport is at Luton, about 8 miles to the South.

Amenities[edit]

Harlington has two pubs, the Carpenter Arms[1] and The Old Sun.[2][3] There are several churches, including the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Harlington Methodist Church and Life Church (part of the Pioneer network of churches). There is a small parade of shops, consisting of a newsagent, an off licence, a post office, a hairdresser, a beauty salon and a gunsmiths.

There are several buildings surrounding the village green used for community activities. These include the parish hall, village hall and scout hut. A cricket pitch adjoins the village green.

Schools[edit]

Harlington Lower School has an age range from reception class through to age 9 and received an "Outstanding" rating in its 2010 OFSTED report.[4]

History[edit]

  • 1086: The Domesday book calls the village Herlingdone[5] and lists Nigel D'Albini as Lord of the Manor; he took over from four Saxon thegns who lost their lands at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.[6]
  • 1300–1350: The Church of St Mary the Virgin was built, replacing what was probably a wooden church with a thatched roof.[5] The church tower was not added until the fifteenth century.[6]
  • 1349: Over a quarter of the village died of the Black Death.[6]
  • 1660: John Bunyan led an unauthorised religious meeting at a farmhouse near Harlington, for which he was arrested and taken to Harlington House (now known as Harlington Manor-the only currently occupied residential house connected with Bunyan). After being questioned he was imprisoned for twelve years in Bedford county gaol. While serving his sentence he began writing his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress.[7]
  • 1830: the first English National Steeplechase on record was run from Bury Orchard to Wrest Park Obelisk.[6]
  • 1859: the first village school was built.[6]
  • 1868: Harlington railway station opened.[6]
  • 1920: Harlington War Memorial dedicated to the memory of 27 Harlington men killed in the First World War.[6]
  • 1937: Sir Albert Richardson designs a new North range of Harlington Manor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Carpenters Arms Harlington". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Old Sun Harlington". Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Places to Drink in Bedfordshire". informationBritain. Retrieved 19 August 2006. 
  4. ^ [1] Harlington Lower School
  5. ^ a b Harlington Church (2006). "A brief history of St Mary's". Retrieved 19 August 2006. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Harlington Timeline". Besfordshire Libraries. 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2006. 
  7. ^ "Harlington Tourist Information". AboutBritain.com. 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2006. 

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