Old Warden Post Office
328 (2011 Census)
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Old Warden is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, just west of the town of Biggleswade. It has a population of 275, increasing to 328 at the 2011 Census. The village grew up under the protection of the Cistercian Wardon or Warden Abbey nearby.
The first mention of a post office in the village is in 1873. The post office national archives record the issue to Old Warden in April 1890 of a type of postmark known as a rubber datestamp. The village post office closed on 14 October 2008. It was one of about 2,500 compulsory compensated closures of UK post office branches announced by the Government in 2007.
St Leonard's Parish Church is located in the village.
The village is also noted for being the home of the Shuttleworth Trust, an organisation committed to the preservation of transport artefacts – primarily bicycles, motor cars, and aeroplanes – produced in the early part of the 20th century. The corresponding collection is known as the Shuttleworth Collection. The estate also has buildings and gardens, and a small airfield from which many of the historic aircraft fly during the regular flying displays. The estate, museum, and airfield are open to visitors. The estate is also the home of Shuttleworth College founded in 1944.
For local government purposes it forms part of Central Bedfordshire Council and is within the Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency, whose Member of Parliament is currently Nadine Dorries of the Conservative Party.
Sport and leisure
Both the Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through Old Warden. Old warden is also home to old warden cricket club 'the home of village cricket'. Playing league cricket in the Bicl league on a Saturday and friendly games on a Sunday, many consider them to be one of the finest amateur sports teams in the south of England. Many of the areas finest players have turned out for the village team, including the famous ‘lost generation’ of 1992, coached by Adam Wood, and famous names such as Griffin, Reed, Brownridge, Quenby and Seymour were counted amongst its regular starters. In time the club attracted new, better players, and more recently has relied heavily on the all round talents of Holland to carry the team forward. Currently Club Captain Michael “ Frodo” Kenyon steers the team forward with the dexterity of the Exon fuel tanker and aims to play “happy cricket”.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Mid Bedfordshire Archived 26 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 29 October 2010
- Mackay, James A. (1986) Sub Office Rubber Datestamps of England and Wales, p. 285, p. 287, Dumfries: published by the author, ISBN 0-906440-39-4
- "Proposed branch closure" (2008) Leaflet issued by Post Office Ltd.
Media related to Old Warden at Wikimedia Commons
- Old Warden pages at the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service
- The story of the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, retrieved 12 February 2017
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