Lower Stondon is a small village in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is located close to the border with Hertfordshire, around 2.5 miles (4 km) south-west of Henlow. It is part of the larger Stondon civil parish, which at the 2001 Census had a population of approximately 2,000.
Lower Stondon does not have a large number of amenities; at the western end of the village there is a grocery store and post office, hairdressers and an Indian restaurant in Fakeswell Lane. Hillside Road leads to the Village Hall, Stondon Lower School, Garden Centre and Recreation Field. Another facility at the Western end of the village is the Mount Pleasant Golf Club.
The Eastern end of Station Road has a BMX Track built with funds from charitable donations. Further east along Station Road is RAF Henlow and Henlow Camp, there are a number of amenities within close reach on the A600 roundabout, these consist of a grocery store, hairdressers, an estate agent, a sandwich shop, an antique shop, an electrical shop, several takeaway restaurants and a large family pub and hotel, called the Bird in Hand. It's Blooming Massive.
Part of the village receives the Advertiser, the Comet and the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspapers. The village had its own magazine, distributed each season about the village and surrounding area called Stondon Times. This stopped in about 2008 and at present no single magazine has taken its place. The village also receives two magazines distributed to villages in the surrounding area, one called In and Around and the other called The Villager.
The village has a Lower School, which was originally built in 1861 and extended in the 1950s and 1960s. Children join when they are 5 and then transfer to a Middle School in the area aged 9 (Henlow Middle or Robert Bloomfield) and then onto Samuel Whitbread Academy aged 13.
The schools all maintain websites which can be found at -
Places of worship
Stondon Transport Museum
The village also hosts the largest private transport museum in the UK. The collection has over 400 exhibits, including cars, motorcycles, tanks, aircraft, and a full-size replica of Captain Cook's ship, the HM Bark Endeavour.
The Domesday Book has two entries for Lower Stondon.
In Folio 209 Bedfordshire, Section Roman VIII, The Land of St Benedict of Ramsey, Clifton Hundred it says:
In [Lower and Upper] Stondon the same abbot [of St Benedict] holds half a hide. There is land for half a plough, and there is [half a plough]. This land belongs and belonged to the Demesne of the church of St Benedict. It is worth 15s.
In Folio 209 Bedfordshire, Section Roman LV, The Land of the Wife of Ralph Taillebois, Clifton Hundred it says:
In [Lower and Upper] Stondon Engeler holds 2½ hides of Azelina. There is land for 2½ ploughs. In Demesne [are] 2 ploughs; and 3 bordars with half a plough. There are 2 slaves [and] meadow for 2½ ploughs. It is worth 60s; when received, 40s; TRE £4. Wulfmær, of Eaton Socon, a thegn of King Edward, held this land; and there were 5 soak men, men of the same Wulfmær, and they could give and sell [their land] to whom they wished.
- ^ http://www.mountpleasantgolfclub.co.uk/
- ^ Domesday Book, A Complete Translation, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-143994-7
- ^ Central Bedfordshire Council
- ^ Stondon Parish Council
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