From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Village centre
Cranfield is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population4,909 (2001)
5,369 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP959425
• London52 miles (84 km)
Civil parish
  • Cranfield
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°04′12″N 0°36′29″W / 52.0699°N 0.6081°W / 52.0699; -0.6081Coordinates: 52°04′12″N 0°36′29″W / 52.0699°N 0.6081°W / 52.0699; -0.6081

Cranfield is a village and civil parish in the west of Bedfordshire, England, situated between Bedford and Milton Keynes. It had a population of 4,909 in 2001.[2] increasing to 5,369 at the 2011 census.[1] The parish is in Central Bedfordshire unitary authority. It is best known for being the home of Cranfield University and Cranfield Airport (an airfield).

The hamlet of Bourne End is located just north of Cranfield, and is part of the civil parish. Wharley End was a separate settlement, but now forms the northern part of Cranfield village, by the university.


Cranfield has two public houses, a football club, coffee shop, dog grooming salon, hairdressers, barbers, several take-away restaurants, one small supermarket and two car dealerships. There is also a surgery and dentist's practice along with a pharmacy. Cranfield has a university, three schools, three parks and a multi-use games area.

The village Post Office is now contained within The Co-operative Group store; previously it was on separate premises near the centre of the village. Cranfield has one of only a small number of Morgan dealerships, in addition to a Ford dealer. There are further facilities at the university campus including a Post Office and bookshop.

The local newspaper is the Cranfield Express.[citation needed] There is a news hyperlocal website, Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle, giving village information, local and national news, etc.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul[3] has records going back at least to 1600 and is notable for its recently restored bells.

Cranfield Court belonged to the Harter family. The last house was built in 1862–4 in the French Gothic style,[4][5] but was later demolished.[6]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Cranfield has a Non-League football team Cranfield United F.C. who play at their own ground, The Nest, in Crawley Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AA.


Cranfield's airfield was originally an RAF training airfield and was used after the war by the College of Aeronautics, which has now become Cranfield University.

In October 2021, Marshall Group announced that it is to transfer its Group headquarters and aerospace operations to Cranfield from Cambridge "by 2030".[7] The Group proposes to move its global group headquarters (as well as its Aerospace division) to Cranfield Airport.[8]


Cranfield University is adjacent to the village, on the other side of the airfield.

Technology park[edit]

The Cranfield Technology Park is west of the university at the entrance to the campus. It is being developed on a phased basis by Cranfield University and its development partner. The park's objective is to encourage knowledge-based companies to locate their activities on the park and to encourage the growth of such companies. A major extension to the technology park was started in January 2007 using land on Cranfield Airport.

In August 2005 a new business incubation centre was opened. It was designed to encourage and support hi-tech and knowledge based pre-start and early start companies during the formative stages of their development.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Mid Bedfordshire Archived 26 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 March 2010
  3. ^ Cranfield: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.
  4. ^ Bedfordshire Churches in the Nineteenth Century: Parishes Harlington to Roxton. Bedfordshire Historical Record. 1994. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-85155-056-5.
  5. ^ Page, William (1912). The Victoria History of the County of Bedford. A. Constable. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-7129-0534-3.
  6. ^ Bedfordshire Historic Buildings: The Heritage and Its Problems Today. Bedfordshire County Council. 1975. p. 18.
  7. ^ "Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace pursuing 'viable and practical' move to Cranfield University". ITV News. 5 October 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  8. ^ Atta, Fareid (19 July 2022). "Aerospace company Marshall says leaving Cambridge will be good for business 'long-term'". Cambridge News. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Cranfield University Business Incubation Centre". Cranfield University. Archived from the original on 29 May 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2008.

External links[edit]