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Thatched cottages in Podington - geograph.org.uk - 528746.jpg
Thatched cottages in Podington
Podington is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population435 (2011 Census including Farndish & Hinwick)[1]
OS grid referenceSP940626
Civil parish
  • Podington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNN29
Dialling code01933
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°15′14″N 0°37′23″W / 52.254°N 0.623°W / 52.254; -0.623Coordinates: 52°15′14″N 0°37′23″W / 52.254°N 0.623°W / 52.254; -0.623

Podington is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. The village is within the electoral ward of Harrold in the Borough of Bedford. Podington lies around 16 km (9.9 mi) northwest of Bedford and is about 2 km (1.2 mi) east of the county border with Northamptonshire. Nearby there is paintballing and Podington Wyevale Garden Centre can be found in the High Street.

Podington is a small picturesque rural village; many of its buildings are stone cottages dating from the 18th century, and some even earlier. Podington was included in the Domesday Book 1086, with a population of 29 households; prominent landowners included Walter of Flanders, Hugh of Flanders and William Peverer.[2]

The community was recorded as "Podintone" and "Potintone" from the 13th century and later as "Puddington".[3] Today it is sometimes spelt (or misspelt) "Poddington". Located around 3 km (1.9 mi) southeast of the village are RAF Podington and Santa Pod Raceway. Hinwick House is found at a crossroads under 1 km (0.62 mi) south of the village.

Church of St Mary is a Grade I listed church in Podington. It became a listed building on 13 July 1964.[4] Some surviving architectural elements date back at least to the early 13th century. A 1912 report about the church indicated that it had a chancel, nave, north aisle, south aisle, south porch and west tower. The south arcade of the nave, the north arcade the chancel and tower were all dated to the 13th century.[5]

Richard Orlebar, the High Sheriff for Bedfordshire and his wife, the culinary writer Diana Astry, were both buried at this church in the 1700s. They had been the owners of Hinwick House.[4]

The church's pipe organ was restored by the 92nd Bomb Group Memorial Association. The 92nd group had been stationed at the RAF Podington airfield during WW II and flew nearly 300 operational missions from that base.[6]

Civil parish[edit]

The civil parish covering Podington also encompasses Hinwick and Farndish; although in the past Farndish had its own civil parish, it experienced depopulation and it was absorbed into the Podington parish. In the past and present the civil parish is usually referred to as "Podington and Hinwick" but sometimes "Podington with Hinwick" or just "Podington". The parish is within the historic Hundred of Willey.

Nearby places[edit]

Less than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) to the south is the hamlet of Hinwick; the closest nearby villages between 1.5 and 3 km (1 and 2 miles) away include Farndish to the northwest and Wymington to the northeast. Nearby larger settlements include Rushden to the north, Irchester to the northwest and Wollaston to the west, all around 5 km (3.1 mi) away. Wellingborough, which is 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest of Podington, is the village's post town.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Podington". Open Domesday. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ British History Online – Older spellings – 1700s stone cottages
  4. ^ a b "Church of St Mary, Podington". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Parishes: Podington and Hinwick | British History Online".
  6. ^ "8th USAAF 92nd Bomb Group - Podington - War Memorials Online".

External links[edit]

Media related to Podington at Wikimedia Commons