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Parish Church of St Peter - Church End, Arlesey
Arlesey is located in Bedfordshire
 Arlesey shown within Bedfordshire
Population 5,690 [1]
OS grid reference TL190357
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ARLESEY
Postcode district SG15
Dialling code 01462
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North East Bedfordshire
List of places

Coordinates: 52°00′25″N 0°15′55″W / 52.0070°N 0.2654°W / 52.0070; -0.2654

Arlesey is a small town in Bedfordshire, England, near the border with Hertfordshire, about three miles north-west of Letchworth Garden City, four miles north of Hitchin and six miles south of Biggleswade. Arlesey railway station provides services to London, Stevenage and Peterborough.

The Domesday Book mentions Arlesey.[2][3][4][5]

St Peter's Church in Church End was built in the 12th century by the monks of Waltham Abbey. Arlesey was also the site of Etonbury Castle, of which little trace remains.

Arlesey Old Moat and Glebe Meadows, adjacent to Arlesey railway station, is a nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, together with Arlesey Conservation for Nature.

The Arlesey Bomb fishing weight was developed by angler Dick Walker to catch specimen perch from the local chalk pits.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

Arlesey at war, 1939-1945[edit]

Halifax Bomber crash[edit]

On 19 December 1943[7][8] a Handley Page Halifax belonging to 138 Squadron was in a collision with a chimney at Arlesey Brickworks.

The aircraft BB364 (NF-R) had left its base at RAF Tempsford on a training mission.

The crew of nine perished in the subsequent crash.

Hudson crash[edit]

On 28 March 1944[8][9] a Lockheed Hudson belonging to 161 Squadron RAF crashed on the Arlesey to Stotfold road killing the crew.

The aircraft FK767 had left its base at RAF Tempsford on a training flight.


The town's football team is Arlesey Town F.C..


  1. ^ Bedfordshire County Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for 2007.
  2. ^ The entry reads: Alricesei(a)/eie: Bishop of Durham; Bernard from William d'Eu; Herfast; from Nigel d'Aubigny; Wulfsi. 3 mills.
  3. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 677;; first entry
  4. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archvies; CP 40/629, year 1418;; 4th entry, third line
  5. ^
  6. ^ Arlesey lake Retrieved 22 May 2009[dead link]
  7. ^ Bedfordshire Aicrew - RAF Tempsford, Roll of Honour (website accessed 15.07.10)
  8. ^ a b National Archives (website accessed 15.07.10
  9. ^ RAF Tempsford aircrew - Roll of Honour (website accessed 15.07.10)

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