Woodside, Bedfordshire

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The Plough, Woodside
Woodside is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL075191
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU1
Dialling code01582
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°51′38″N 0°26′23″W / 51.86059°N 0.43962°W / 51.86059; -0.43962Coordinates: 51°51′38″N 0°26′23″W / 51.86059°N 0.43962°W / 51.86059; -0.43962

Woodside is a hamlet located in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England.

Located at the junction of Woodside Road and Grove Road, Woodside stands 546 feet above sea level. The underlying geology is a Chalk Group known as Lewes Nodular Chalk Formation and Seaford Chalk Formation which was deposited between 84 and 94 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period. The superficial geology is clay with flints, deposited in the Quaternary and Neogene Periods.[1]

It is probable that the settlement was established in the early Middle Ages through clearing the northern end of Caddington Wood by squatters seeking land outside Caddington Manor (hence the name "Woodside" and its linear shape). Most of the settlement stands on higher ground between two parallel valleys. The squatter development of Woodside continued into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.[2]

A Baptist Church was established in the settlement in 1862,[3] while St Andrew's Anglican Church was established in Woodside as the "Slip End Mission Church" in 1878.[4]

Today, Woodside forms part of the Slip End civil parish (where the 2011 Civil Parish population was included), and is located directly southwest of the M1 motorway. The motorway acts as the border between Woodside and the large town of Luton. [5]


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