Husborne Crawley

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Husborne Crawley
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St. James' Church
Husborne Crawley is located in Bedfordshire
Husborne Crawley
Husborne Crawley
 Husborne Crawley shown within Bedfordshire
Population 237 [1]
OS grid reference SP 95444 36238
Unitary authority Bedford
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town bedford
Postcode district MK43
Dialling code 01908
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places

Coordinates: 52°00′41″N 0°36′06″W / 52.0113°N 0.60159°W / 52.0113; -0.60159

Husborne Crawley is a small village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, located close to Junction 13 of the M1 motorway. The village touches the borders of the Woburn Abbey estate on one side, and the village of Aspley Guise on the other. The meaning of the Husborne element of the towns name is "warrior stream" and the Crawley element means "crow clearing".[2]


1945 Map of Husborne Crawley showing the towns topography

In the 1870s Crawley-Husborne was described as "a parish in Woburn district, Beds; on the Bedford and Bletchley railway, ¾ mile SW of Ridgmount r. station, and 1¾ NNE of Woburn."[3]

St. James' Church which is located on School Lane, is the church of St. Mary, with work on the church being dated as early as the 13th century. The church has a tower with three bays, western tower with six chiming bells and clock face,[4] and has been subject to various changes throughout its history, with one of the most substantial changes occurring at around the 15th century.[5]

It has a nineteenth-century manor house in its own grounds, known as Crawley Park. The Crawley Park estate is privately owned, and features some preserved and listed wooden-framed medieval cottages. The village also has The White Horse public house, which is described as "A substantial corner pub on the main road through the village, it consists of a single U-shape room wrapped around a central bar counter along with some outside picnic benches.".[6]

Other amenities in the village include Husborne Crawley Lower School which was built by The Duke of Bedford in 1867,[7] and a village hall, called "The Reading Room", for community use.[8]


The parish is first mentioned in a document of 969 setting out the boundaries of Aspley Guise, by its original name of Hysseburnan.[2]


Husborne Crawley Population Time Series 1801-2011
Year Total Population [9] [10] [11]
1801 543
1811 493
1821 572
1831 680
1841 656
1851 614
1881 479
1891 410
1901 397
1911 365
1921 359
1931 326
1951 317
1961 382
2001 217
2011 237

Husborne Crawley has a population of 237 according to the 2011 census. [11] Increasing from a population of 217 according to the 2001 census. [10] From the graph and table, the total population has changed large amounts for a small parish, decreasing more recently possibly due to people moving closer to larger local areas such as Leighton-Linslade or Dunstable as they are the larger Parishes in the area.[12] There are some gaps in the information as none was available, however clearly there has been a general decrease until very recently where the population has increased again. The changes have not been large enough and are more gradual to be from an event that might alter populations rapidly. [13]


The M1 Motorway is Husborne Crawley's main transport infrastructure, and is about one mile North East on the Bedford Road from the village, accessible via the roundabout system at junction 13. The Bedford Road also goes west to Milton Keynes which is about ten miles away.[14]

Husborne Crawley is served by Ridgmont railway station which is located away on the other side of the M1 Motorway at Junction 13.[15] London Midland trains serve the station, which also acts as a transport route for workers at an warehouse which is also located on the other side of the M1.[16]

There are 7 local bus services that run from Husborne Crawley,[17] the largest operator is Centrebus which operates 3 of the services.


The geology of Husborne Crawley is mostly greensand sandstone, although there are areas of mudstone. The soil is therefore mostly sandy and partly clay, with some smaller areas of mixed soil including; sand, alluvium, gravel, clay and silt.[2]


  1. ^ 2011 UK census
  2. ^ a b c "The Parish of Husborne Crawley in General". Bedfordshire Government. Bedfordshire Local Government. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Wilson, John Marius. Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Husborne Crawley". GENUKI: Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire. GENUKI. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "St James, Husborne Crawley". The Church of England. Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Pubs in Husborne Crawley". Pubs Galore. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "The History of Our School". Husborne Crawley Lower School. The Husborne Crawley Lower School Bedfordshire. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Husborne Crawley". Husborne Crawley Parish Council. Bedfordshire Parishes. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Husborne Crawley Total Population 1801-1961". Vision of Britain. Vision of Britain. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Husborne Crawley (Parish): Key Figures for 2001 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Husborne Crawley (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Central Bedfordshire Population Density Map". National Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Husborne Crawley Total Population". Vision of Britain. Vision of Britain. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Husborne Crawley Map". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Station Facilities for Ridgemont". National Rail Enquiries. National Rail. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Milton Keynes Fulfilment Centre, England". Amazon Operations. Amazon UK. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "List of Transport Services from Husborne Crawley". Travel Search. Travel Search. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 

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