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This article is about the village in Bedfordshire. For the university there, see Cranfield University.
Village centre
Cranfield is located in Bedfordshire
 Cranfield shown within Bedfordshire
Population 4,909 (2001)
OS grid reference SP959425
   – London  52 miles (84 km) 
Civil parish Cranfield
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bedford
Postcode district MK43
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
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Coordinates: 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 north west Bedfordshire, England, between Bedford and Milton Keynes. It has a population of 4,909,[1] and is in Central Bedfordshire District.

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, hairdressers, several take-away restaurants, two small supermarkets and one car dealership. There is also a surgery and dentist's practice along with a pharmacy. Cranfield has a university, two schools with another in production, three parks and a multi-use games area.

The village Post Office is now contained within the Co-op 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 community website giving village information, local business, forum etc.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul[2] has records going back at least to 1600, and is notable for its newly restored bells.

Cranfield Court belonged to the Harter family. The last house was built in 1862-4 in the French Gothic style,[3][4] but was later demolished.[5]

From 1992-2005 the village had its own amateur dramatics society, the 'Cranfield Players' with many village members.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Cranfield has a Non-League football team Cranfield United F.C. who play at their own ground in Crawley Road, Cranfield MK430AA


Main article: Cranfield Airport

Cranfield's airfield was originally an RAF training airfield and was used after the war by the College of Aeronautics. The future of the airfield is uncertain – one runway was closed to allow the construction of the Nissan building and technology park and there are controversial plans to build further housing on airfield land.

Kennett Aviation, who previously operated a range of vintage aircraft from Cranfield, were forced to move to North Weald due to these plans. However, Cranfield is still home to one of the few remaining serviceable English Electric/BAC Lightning jet fighters.


Main article: Cranfield University

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.[6]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Mid Bedfordshire Retrieved 7 March 2010
  2. ^ Cranfield: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.
  3. ^ Bedfordshire Churches in the Nineteenth Century: Parishes Harlington to Roxton. Bedfordshire Historical Record. 1994. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-85155-056-5. 
  4. ^ Page, William (1912). The Victoria History of the County of Bedford. A. Constable. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-7129-0534-3. 
  5. ^ Bedfordshire Historic Buildings: The Heritage and Its Problems Today. Bedfordshire County Council. 1975. p. 18. 
  6. ^ "Cranfield University Business Incubation Centre". Cranfield University. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  Archived 29 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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