Oasis Beach Pool, located in Kingsbrook
Kingsbrook shown within Bedfordshire
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The boundaries of Kingsbrook are approximately the River Great Ouse and Priory Country Park to the north, Cambridge Road and the A421 to the south and east, with Redwood Grove and Willow Road to the west.
The Fenlake and Silver Jubilee neighbourhoods are both part of the Kingsbrook ward, as is the Priory Business Park and the Cambridge Road Industrial Estate. Kingsbrook is the largest ward (in terms of population) in Bedford.
There is evidence of a late neolithic or early bronze age settlement and ritual site, located next to the Bunyan Centre in Kingsbrook. Excavations in 1995 uncovered three skeletons and by a complete Beaker pot.
There was some settlement in the northern part of Kingsbrook (by the river) in the 19th Century. However the area was not properly developed until the 20th Century, with the construction of the Silver Jubilee neighbourhood in the 1930s, which was named after the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935. The final part of southern Kingsbrook was settled by the 1970s, and named Fenlake.
Kingsbrook is an unparished area, with all community services under the direct control of Bedford Borough Council. Kingsbrook elects two councillors to Bedford Borough Council, currently, after the 2011 election, one is Labour and the other Liberal Democrat.
There are many local shops and services located on London Road, including a supermarket, petrol station, post office, bakery and a Mecca Bingo hall. There is a large Tesco superstore sited on Cardington Road, as well as the Barns Hotel.
There are two large business parks in Kingsbrook. The first is the Cambridge Road Industrial Estate which houses many companies including Fujifilm. The second is Priory Business Park on Cardington Road, which houses many other firms including the head offices of Autoglass and the National Hairdressers' Federation.
There is one primary school in Kingsbrook - King’s Oak Primary School located on Canvin Way and Oak Road. King’s Oak Primary School was formed in September 2014 from an amalgamation of Stephenson Lower School (Canvin Way) and Harrowden Middle School (Oak Road).
- Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, located on Harrowden Road
- St Michael's and All Angels Church (Church of England), located on Barford Avenue
- The Bedford Nirankari Satsung Bhawan Hindu Temple, located on Cardington Road
- There is a Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witnesses on Goodmayes Close
Kingsbrook's open spaces include Jubilee Park on Canvin Way, and Fenlake Meadows on Cardington Road. There are two community centres in the area - The first is Scott Hall Community Centre located on Barford Avenue, and the second is the Jubilation Centre situated on Moulton Avenue. The Oasis Beach Pool (a public swimming pool) is situated on Cardington Road.
The Bunyan Centre is a leisure centre situated in Kingsbrook. The site has been selected as an official training site for the London 2012 Olympics. The venue is expected to attract fencers, wrestlers and judo players training for the event, and complements other training sites in the Bedford area. In June 2009 it was reported that over 13 national teams have expressed an interest in using the Bedford area (including the Bunyan Centre) for their olympic preparations. However, it has now been announced that the Bunyan Centre is to close in 2012.
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