Beeston, Bedfordshire

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Beeston
Beeston Green - geograph.org.uk - 351968.jpg
Beeston Green
Beeston is located in Bedfordshire
Beeston
Beeston
Beeston shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL168482
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sandy
Postcode district SG19
Dialling code 01767
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire
52°07′08″N 0°17′42″W / 52.119°N 0.295°W / 52.119; -0.295Coordinates: 52°07′08″N 0°17′42″W / 52.119°N 0.295°W / 52.119; -0.295

Beeston is a hamlet of about 530 acres (2.1 km2) in the town of Sandy in the Wixamtree hundred of the county of Bedfordshire, England, about a half a mile south of Sandy, north of Biggleswade and east of Bedford.[1] Beeston appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it shown as having a mill: "Bistone: Roland, Norman and Pirot from Eudo FitzHubert; William Speke; Thurstan the Chamberlain; Godmund; Alwin from the King. Mill."

The medieval period saw the construction of the Great North Road, the post road connecting London to Edinburgh, which ran through Beeston. In the 1930s the Ministry of Transport upgraded the Great North Road to a trunk road and it became the A1 in 1923. Subsequent upgrades during the 1960s saw this section of the road become a dual carriageway which effectively split the hamlet and isolated the larger part of Beeston from Sandy, pedestrian access being limited to a footbridge. Plans are afoot to reposition the road to bypass Beeston/Sandy but no date for this work has been set.

Historically the main occupation of the residents of Beeston was market gardening, farming and straw plaiting (woman & girls) for the hat industry.[2]

Beeston is in the Anglican Parish of St Swithun, Sandy. It has a Wesleyan (Methodist) Chapel built 1865 with seating for 300.[3]

The major feature of Beeston is the 13-acre (53,000 m2) village green bounded by many of the older residences.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Post Office Directory 1854
  2. ^ The Census of England and Wales 1841 - 1901 - Public Record Office
  3. ^ Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898

External links[edit]

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