Parish Church of St Peter - Church End, Arlesey
Arlesey shown within Bedfordshire
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Arlesey, in Bedfordshire, is a small town. It is 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 population of Arlesey was 5,584 in 2,344 households in the 2011 census. In the census of 2011, 94.0% of people described themselves as white, 2.2% as having mixed or multiple ethnic groups, 2.9% as being Asian or British Asian, and less than 1.0% as having another ethnicity. In the same census, 55.8% described themselves as Christian, 34.6% described themselves as having no religion, 6.8% did not specify a religion, 1.2% described themselves as Sikh, and 1.7% described themselves as having a different religion.
Culture and community
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.
Arlesey had a thriving brick making industry through to the mid twentieth century. As of 1900 there were five brickworks around the town. They were known for the Arlesey White bricks produced from Gault clay. Bricks have not been produced there since 1992. Some clay pits have been used for landfill and others are now lakes. On the south east side of the town there were two chalk pits operated by the Portland Cement Company. The Blue Lagoon is now used for sailing and the Green Lagoon for fishing.
- Bill Kitchener - former professional footballer - West Ham United F.C., Torquay United F.C.
- Pat Kruse - former professional footballer - Leicester City F.C., Torquay United F.C., Brentford F.C.
- Scott Houghton - former professional footballer - Tottenham Hotspur, Luton Town, Walsall F.C., Peterborough United
Arlesey at war, 1939-1945
Halifax Bomber crash
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.
The aircraft FK767 had left its base at RAF Tempsford on a training flight.
- Bedfordshire County Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for 2007.
- The entry reads: Alricesei(a)/eie: Bishop of Durham; Bernard from William d'Eu; Herfast; from Nigel d'Aubigny; Wulfsi. 3 mills.
- Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 677; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no677/bCP40no677dorses/IMG_1068.htm; first entry
- Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/629, year 1418; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/H5/CP40no629/bCP40no629dorses/IMG_1410.htm; 4th entry, third line
- "Area: Arlesey (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Area: Arlesey (Parish), Ethnic Group". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Area: Arlesey (Parish), Religion". Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- Arlesey lake Retrieved 22 May 2009 Archived 30 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "The Locations and Names of Five Brickworks at Arlesey featuring 30 old photos". Arcangelo Lombari. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
- Bedfordshire Aicrew - RAF Tempsford, Roll of Honour (website accessed 15.07.10) Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- National Archives (website accessed 15.07.10
- RAF Tempsford aircrew - Roll of Honour (website accessed 15.07.10) Archived 30 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
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