All Saints Church at Ravensden.
|Population||1,961 (2011 Census)|
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The parish borders the town of Bedford, with Mowsbury Park, farmland and Freeman's Common acting as a buffer between the two settlements. The village hosts a primary school (Ravensden CofE Primary Academy), and a pub called The Horse and Jockey, as well as All Saints Church, dating to the 12th century. There is also a village hall.
For elections to Bedford Borough Council, Ravensden is part of Great Barford ward, and for national elections it is part of the North East Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency. A housing estate called Woodlands Park was established in the southern part of Ravensden parish in the late 2000s. The estate is separated from the village by farmland, with vehicular access to the community coming from the Brickhill area of Bedford. In April 2015 Woodlands Park became part of Brickhill parish, but remains part of Great Barford ward for elections to Bedford Borough Council.
The village is currently served by one pub, The Horse and Jockey, which sits at the top of Ravensden hill directly next to the Church, though previously there had been three other pubs; The Case Is Altered, on Church End, though this closed in 1995 and is now in residential use; The Blacksmiths Arms, previously The Cross, which was situated at the crossroads, and which closed in the early 2000s; and The White Lion, which was opposite the site of The Blacksmiths Arms, until the two came under the same ownership in 1941, at which time the decision was taken to close the former and transfer its licence to the latter.
Ravensden (Church of England) Primary Academy is situated at Vicarage Close in the centre of the main village. The secondary school for which Ravensden is in catchment is Mark Rutherford School, in Putnoe.
All Saints Church, Ravensden, is located at the very top of the hill in Ravensden, overlooking the lower parts of the village. The main building dates back to the 12th century, and is composed of limestone rubble, though the southern porch entrance and the chancel are assumed to be a 16th-century addition, and are composed of red brick.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 November 2016.