Willington, Bedfordshire

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Peace Memorial Hall, Willington
Willington is located in Bedfordshire
Willington shown within Bedfordshire
Population751 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL114434
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK44
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°07′54″N 0°22′18″W / 52.1316°N 0.3716°W / 52.1316; -0.3716Coordinates: 52°07′54″N 0°22′18″W / 52.1316°N 0.3716°W / 52.1316; -0.3716

Willington is a village and civil parish located in the English county of Bedfordshire. It is west of Moggerhanger on the road from Sandy to Bedford. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Welitone and as Wilitona in c. 1150, from Old English tun (homestead) among the willows,[2] and is part of the ancient hundred of Wixamtree.

In the parish church of St Lawrence there is a grand 16th-century chapel.[3]

Willington is home to 16th century Willington Dovecote & Stables, both now owned by the National Trust. In addition, it is home to The Danish Camp, a restaurant set along the cycle route which holds an annual fireworks display on bonfire night (5 November). This is also the location of an ancient moated site. Willington used to have a railway station on the Sandy to Bedford railway line, now part of the NCR 51 national cycle route.

St Lawrence's church
Willington Stables


The geographic coordinates are from the Ordnance Survey.

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 520. ISBN 0198691033.
  3. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 106

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