Church of St Mary Magdelen
|Population||457 (2001 census)|
420 (2011 Census)
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Bedfordshire and Luton|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Whipsnade is a small village and civil parish in the county of Bedfordshire. It lies on the eastward tail spurs of the Chiltern Hills, about 2.5 miles south-south-west of Dunstable on the top of the Dunstable Downs which drop away steeply to the south of the village.
Whipsnade is a compound of the Anglo-Saxon personal name, Wibba, with the word “snæd” an area of woodland, so the name means “Wibba’s wood”.
The village is first mentioned in a coroners roll of 1274 when Whipsnade Wood as described as being within the parish of Houghton Regis. The Old Hunters Lodge at the Crossroads in the village is a Grade II Listed Building and was built in the early 17th Century. It is now a hotel and is the only licensed premises in the village outside of the ZSL grounds.
In the census of 2011 the population of Whipsnade was 420, a decline from 458 in 2001.
Whipsnade is home to Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. A chalk image of a lion can be found on Bison Hill and is owned by the zoo. During the Second World War, the lion was covered with a black sheet in order not to attract attention from the German bomber planes. Whipsnade Park Golf Club is also in the vicnity, though it is actually in neighbouring Dagnall.
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- "Whipsande Park Golf Club". Whipsnade Park Golf Club. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- "Sallowsprings". Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
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