Milton Ernest

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 52°11′00″N 0°31′00″W / 52.1833°N 0.5166°W / 52.1833; -0.5166

Milton Ernest
Milton Ernest church - geograph.org.uk - 78425.jpg
All Saints Church
Milton Ernest is located in Bedfordshire
Milton Ernest
Milton Ernest
 Milton Ernest shown within Bedfordshire
Population 754 (2001)
OS grid reference TL014025
Unitary authority Bedford
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK44
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North East Bedfordshire
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Milton Ernest is a village and civil parish in the Bedford Borough in Bedfordshire, England, and is about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Bedford itself. It had a population of 754 reported in the 2001 Census.[1] This had risen to 761 according to the 2011 census[2] The village is situated on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, and is the site of Milton Ernest Hall, which was used as the United States Eighth Air Force's support command headquarters in the Second World War.[3]

The village is named in the Domesday book. The entry reads:

"Middletone / Mildentone: Miles Crispin and William Basset from Hugh de Beauchamp; Thorgils from Nigel d'Aubigny; Reginald from Walter of Flanders; Ivo, Hugh de Grandmesnil's steward from Adelaide, Hugh de Grandmesnil's wife; a beadle from the king. Mill."[4]

All Saints Church was built between the 12th and 15th centuries.[5]

A former spelling of the name of the village may be "Midelton Erneys", the home village of John Strete, husbandman, as recorded in a legal record, dated 1430.[6] the first half of the name means “Middle Farm”. The second half of the name is derived from the name of the main manor of the village and was added in the 13th century to distinguish it from Bedfordshire’s other Milton (Bryant).

Milton Ernest has a small voluntary controlled village school, closely linked to the church, that has between 60 and 65 pupils drawn from this and surrounding villages.[7] The village is in Lincroft Middle School's catchment area. The school, in the village of Oakley, is around 3 miles (4.8 km) from Milton Ernest. The upper school for the area is Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College, in the village of Sharnbrook, also around 3 miles (4.8 km) away.

On 15 December 1944 Glenn Miller took off from RAF Twinwood Farm, in neighbouring Clapham, on his last, ill-fated flight, and was last seen in public in the Queen's Head Hotel in Milton Ernest before he disappeared. A plaque at Milton Ernest Hall honours Major Glenn Miller and members of the United States Eighth Air Force: IN MEMORY OF ALL THE PERSONNEL WHO SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AT MILTON ERNEST HALL HEADQUARTERS USAAF EIGHTH AIR FORCE SERVICE COMMAND STATION 608 1943-1946, ALSO MAJOR GLENN MILLER & THE BAND OF THE ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE WHO WERE STATIONED HERE FROM JULY TO DECEMBER 1944.

The controversial Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre is located in the parish.

A book entitled "The Importance of Milton Ernest"[8] was published by David Newman and details the above and much more of Milton Ernest history and prominence

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Milton Ernest at Wikimedia Commons