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Church of St Nicholas, Tingrith
Tingrith is located in Bedfordshire
Tingrith shown within Bedfordshire
Population 153 (2011)
OS grid reference TL006813
Civil parish
  • Tingrith
Unitary authority
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district MK
Dialling code 01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
Coordinates: 51°58′48″N 0°32′02″W / 51.98°N 0.533889°W / 51.98; -0.533889
Church Road, Tingrith
A British War Office map from 1940 displaying the area around Tingrith Civil Parish, Central Bedfordshire.

Tingrith is a small village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England. It is located adjacent to the M1 motorway near the large village of Toddington. The nearest major town is Luton, located about 10 miles (16 km) to the southeast. The parish church of St Nicholas dates back to the 13th century[1] and has Tingrith's only cemetery. The church can seat up to 200 people.[2]

Tingrith has a population of 153 people – a ratio of 78:75 males to females, according to the 2011 census.[3]

Tingrith is mentioned in the Domesday Book; the entry states Tingrei: Thorgils from Nigel d'Aubigny


In the 1870s, Tingrith was described as:

A parish in Woburn district, Beds; 4 miles E of Woburn, and 4½ SE of Ridgmount r. station. Real property, £1,450. Pop., 226. Houses, 38. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely. Value, £240.* Patrons, Misses Trevor. The church is chiefly later English.[4]

In the past, the most common occupation for males over the age of 20 in Tingrith was agricultural labour; in 1831 70% of males over the age of 20 were working in agriculture.[5] Other popular occupations during this time were: farmers employing labourers, retail, professionals and servants. In 1881 agricultural work was still very popular in the Tingrith area, with 64% of males working in agriculture.[6] Although information for male occupations was well recorded, 50% of female occupations were unknown in 1881.[6] Of the female occupations that were recorded in 1881, the most common were for women to work in the domestic services or offices or working with dress.[6] As 84% of the occupations were labourers or servants in 1831, it can interpreted that Tingrith at this time was a lower class area. Along with this, in 1831 only 11% of the population were employers or professionals.[6]

Occupations in Tingrith, 1881Occupations in Tingrith, 2011

As seen from the graphs above, today in Tingrith, the most common occupations for males are leading roles, such as managers, directors or senior officials. This is closely followed by jobs in skilled trade. This is very different to the most common occupation in 1881, which was agriculture; very little of this is seen in Tingrith today. The most common occupation among females is a working professional; this is closely followed by jobs in leading roles, such as managers, directors and senior officials. It is clear that far more women are working today than back in 1881, as far more of their occupations are recorded.


According to the 2011 census, 71.3% of the population of Tingrith are over the age of 30.[7] The ethnic make up of the area is predominantly white; 89.5% of the population in this area are White (English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish). The rest of the population are White Irish (3.3%), White Other (2.6%), Mixed Ethnic Group- White and Black Caribbean (1.3%), Mixed ethnic group- other (0.7%), Asian/Asian British- Indian (2%) and Black British- Caribbean (0.7%).[8] Tingrith Population Change

The area had a larger population around the 1870s of approximately 210 residents, the population then dipped to approximately 110 residents just less than 100 years later, around 1960. This then rose steadily to today's population of 153 residents.

Today the percentage of people over the age of 16, with 5 or more GCSE grades A-C is 20%; higher than the national average of 15.2%.[9] Along with this, the percentage of unemployed in Tingrith is only 1.7%, which is lower than the national average of 4.4%[9]

Housing and transport[edit]

The number of houses in Tingrith has steadily grown from 1831. In 1831 there were 27 houses in Tingrith but this rose to 46 houses in 1951 and then dropped to 42 houses ten years later, in 1961.[10] Today there are 59 houses in Tingrith civil parish[3] According to the 2011 census, 49.2% of the Tingrith population own their homes outright; this is almost 20 percentage points higher than the national average.[3]

House prices in Tingrith range from approximately £120,000 up to £765,000.[11]

The closest rail stations are Flitwick and Harlington, which are within a 2-mile radius of Tingrith.[12] The closest airports are Cranfield (8 miles) and Luton (16 miles).[12]

Notable residents[edit]

Sandra Kynes, the Pagan author, lived in Tingrith during her time in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]

Charles Tanqueray, the founder and distiller of Tanqueray Gin in 1830 lived at Tanqueray House.[13]


  1. ^ "St Nicholas, Tingrith". A Church near you. Archbishop's Council. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Hinson. "GENUKI: Tingrith, Bedfordshire". GEN UKI: UK and Ireland Genealogy. GEN UKI. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tingrith: Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A. Fullerton & Co. 
  5. ^ Gatley, David Allan. "Tingrith, 1831 Occupational Categories". A Vision of Britain Through Time. GB Historical GIS/ University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Tingrith 1881 Occupational Orders". A Vision of Britain Through Time. GB Historical GIS/ University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tingrith- Age Structure, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tingrith- Ethnic Group, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Key Figures for 2011 Census:Key statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tingrith, Housing- Total Houses". A Vision of Britain Through Time. GB Historical GIS/ University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "UK's number one property website for properties for sale and to rent". www.rightmove.co.uk. Right Move. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  12. ^ a b "Tingrith, Bedfordshire – Hotels, Transport and Local Information". www.scoutlocal.co.uk. Scout Local. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  13. ^ "Freeth Notes : Thomas Tanqueray 1724". freethnotes.net. Retrieved 2016-10-09. 

External links[edit]

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