Little Staughton

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Little Staughton
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Baptist Chapel, Little Staughton
Little Staughton is located in Bedfordshire
Little Staughton
Little Staughton
Location within Bedfordshire
Population440 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL103516
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK44
Dialling code01234
PoliceBedfordshire
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire
52°15′00″N 0°23′00″W / 52.25°N 0.3833°W / 52.25; -0.3833Coordinates: 52°15′00″N 0°23′00″W / 52.25°N 0.3833°W / 52.25; -0.3833

Little Staughton is a small village and civil parish located in the north of Bedfordshire. The parish church, All Saints, is set apart from the present village – the previous village having been abandoned following an outbreak of the Bubonic plague.

History[edit]

Little Staughton, known at the beginning of the 11th century as Stoctun from the old english meaning "farmstead at an outlying hamlet".[2] It was referred to in the Doomsday book simply as Staughton, although it does not refer to any taxes being collected in the area.[3] However, by the time of the Heath tax return in 1671, there were approximately 250 individuals living there. The population rose to a peak of 572 in 1861, then fell due to 218 by 1951, due to the industrial revolution and two World Wars[4]

Church[edit]

The Church of All Saints, previously dedicated to St Margaret's,[5] originally had a spire that was destroyed by lightning.[6] The building has been Grade I listed since 1964.[7]

RAF Little Staughton[edit]

During World War II it was the home of 109 Squadron (Mosquito bombers) and 582 Squadron (Lancaster bombers) at RAF Little Staughton. The airfield is now largely used for other purposes but retains a recently listed Control tower.[8] In January 2020, Little Staughton Airfield and Industrial Park applied for planning permission to develop the site to re-open the airfield.[9]

Geography[edit]

Little Staughton is a village in Bedfordshire, in the district of St Neots, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south east of Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire[10] The parish is part of the Stodden Hundred (which comprises Bolnhurst, Clapham, Dean and Shelton, Keysoe, Knotting, Little Staughton, Melchbourne, Milton Ernest, Oakley, Pertenhall & Swineshead, Riseley, Shelton, Tilbrook and Yelden).[4]

The village sits on Oxford Clay and is located away from the parish Church of All Saints, it is possible that the villagers moved away from the church due to victims of an outbreak of black death in 1349 where 1 in 3 members of the local population were killed and likely buried in the church graveyard. An alternative theory is that the village moved to follow the local road network.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  2. ^ Mills, A. D. (2011). A dictionary of British place-names. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. p. 434. ISBN 9780199609086.
  3. ^ "Little Staughton in 1086". bedsarchives.bedford.gov.uk. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Atkinson, Jeanette; Foster, Brenda. "The Parish of Little Staughton in General". Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service. Bedford Borough Council. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Welcome to All Saints' Church, Little Staughton, Bedfordshire". All Saints' Church. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  6. ^ Page, William, ed. (1912). "Parishes: Little Staughton". 'A history of the County of Bedford, Volume 3. London: British History Online. pp. 165–168. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Church of All Saints". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Little Staughton II (Staughton Moor)". Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  9. ^ Makey, Julian (14 January 2020). "World War Two bomber base could resume flying if new plans are given the go-ahead". The Hunts Post. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  10. ^ "History of Little Staughton, in Bedford and Bedfordshire". A vision of Britain through time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 1 March 2020.

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