Slip End shown within Bedfordshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Slip End|
|Unitary authority||Central Bedfordshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Bedfordshire and Luton|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||Luton South|
Slip End is a village and civil parish in Luton, Bedfordshire. As well as the village of Slip End, the parish contains the hamlets of Lower Woodside, Woodside and Pepperstock. It has a population of 1,976.
The name of Slip End possibly has a connection with the brickworks, Slip is an old English word for clay and End is quite common in Bedfordshire and not unknown in other counties. End refers to small settlements outside larger villages.
So possibly Slip End got its name in the early 19th century because of the small number of houses built near the new brickworks in an area not previously built on with the older settlements of Woodside and Pepperstock to either side. Incidentally, Markyate has a Slype Lane which may or not also be connected.
The school in Slip End was located towards the Pepperstock end of Front Street and Summer Street, which is now the site of a small development of flats and houses called Old School Walk. It was a Board School established as a consequence of the Education Act 1870 providing education to all.
The school catered for the whole age range in two sections – Juniors and Infants – and in 1947 it was extended to 15 year olds. A century after its foundation, the school moved to its present site (on Rossway) which previously had been clay pits for local brick production.
The parish was created in 2001 by splitting that of Caddington and Slip End.
The M1 motorway runs adjacent to the Village and was officially inaugurated from Slip End, this is celebrated by a large concrete slab  on the bridge next to the village with inscription "London-Yorkshire Motorway, This slab was sealed by the Rt Hon Harold Watkinson M.P. Minister of transport inauguration day, 24th March 1958"
The village hall, built circa 1901, is situated at the heart of the community and with parking for 40 cars and an entertainment licence for 100 to dance or up to 200 for a meeting.
The Peter Edwards Hall and Playing Fields are situated at the Luton end of the village of Slip End, next to the church, facilities include tennis courts and a football pitch.
There are two pubs in the village. "The Rising Sun" situated on Front Street and the "Frog and Rhubarb" on Church Road.
- Office for National Statistics: Census 2001: Parish Headcounts: South Bedfordshire Retrieved 31 October 2010
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Slip End.|
- Slip End Village website and discussion forum
- Slip End pages at the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service