Carlton, Bedfordshire

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Carlton Church 1.jpg
St Mary's Church
Carlton is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceSP955335
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK43
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°11′36″N 0°36′08″W / 52.1933°N 0.6022°W / 52.1933; -0.6022Coordinates: 52°11′36″N 0°36′08″W / 52.1933°N 0.6022°W / 52.1933; -0.6022

Carlton is a small village in north Bedfordshire in England. It is part of the Carlton with Chellington parish with the adjacent village of Chellington. The River Great Ouse runs just to the north of the village. Nearby places are Harrold, Pavenham, Turvey, Lavendon and Odell.

Carlton was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as a parish within the Hundred of Willey.[1] It was for some time spelt Carleton.[2][3] In 1934, the separate parishes of Carlton and Chellington merged to become one the parish named Carlton with Chellington.

The village has historically been laid out in a rectangular road pattern, the main parts of the village being around the roads of Bridgend and the High Street, with The Moor and The Causeway making up the rectangle's other sides. During the twentieth century the areas in between were filled out with housing along the roads of Rectory Close, Carriers Way, Street Close, and Beeby Way.

Carlton Park is located in Rectory Close and features three swings, a small basketball court, a football pitch and a 1.5 meter slide. It also features one of the main landmarks of Carlton, its giant oak tree.

Carlton's church is Saint Mary the Virgin, dating from 950AD with a font from c. 1150 sited outside the current village.

Carlton has two pubs, The Royal Oak[4] and The Fox.[5] There is a Post Office and village shop located on Carlton's busiest through road, Bridgend. There is also one school, Carlton C of E Primary School[6] and a village hall which is also used as the school's assembly and sports hall. The village has an Emmaus community which includes a busy cafe / restaurant, furniture repair workshop and secondhand shop with furniture, books, china, clothes and bric-a-brac. Also situated on the Emmaus site is Carlton Squash Club,[7] a community run club that offers two courts for both squash and racketball. The courts were opened in 1980 by the football manager Brian Clough, who himself was a keen squash player.

The village was struck by an F1/T2 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.[8]


  1. ^ "The hundred of Willey: Introduction | British History Online".
  2. ^ Cross, Anthony R. (2017). Useful Learning: Neglected Means of Grace in the Reception of the Evangelical Revival among English Particular Baptists. Wipf and Stock Publishers. p. 471. ISBN 9781498202558.
  3. ^ Stephen, Sir Leslie; Lee, Sir Sidney (1908). Dictionary of national biography. Smith, Elder & Co. p. 58.
  4. ^ "Royal Oak Carlton - 01234 720441".
  5. ^ "Home". The Fox at Carlton.
  6. ^ "Carlton VC C of E Primary School | Home".
  7. ^ "Carlton Squash Club".
  8. ^ "European Severe Weather Database".

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