Wootton, Bedfordshire

Coordinates: 52°05′55″N 0°31′55″W / 52.0987°N 0.5319°W / 52.0987; -0.5319
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St Mary's Church
Village sign
Wootton is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population4,156 (2011)
OS grid referenceTL005455
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK43
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
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52°05′55″N 0°31′55″W / 52.0987°N 0.5319°W / 52.0987; -0.5319

Wootton is a large village and civil parish located to the southwest of Bedford, in the north of Bedfordshire, England. The parish also includes the hamlets of Hall End, Keeley Green and Wootton Green.


Wootton has had a long association with brick-making, but is now mainly a dormitory community for Bedford and Milton Keynes. In the 18th century church bells were made here for several churches in Bedfordshire and adjoining counties.[1] There has been a great deal of residential development over the last 30 years but some attractive old timber-framed houses still survive. The Church of St Mary the Virgin in the village is mainly 14th century but contains two fine monuments in the chancel to members of the Monoux family who died in 1685 and 1707. To the west of the church is Wootton House, an impressive late 17th-century house with a contemporary, red brick stable block.


The Domesday Book of 1086, listed Wootton as having 26 residents (20 villagers and six slaves) across ten hides.[2] By 1901, the population had risen to 1,252. The population remained fairly steady throughout the first half of the 20th century. But by 1971, the population had climbed to 2,386, a 35.61% (1010 residents) increase within ten years.[3] By 2001 that figure was 4,230.

According to the 2011 Census, the area covered by Wootton civil parish had 4,156 residents who lived in 1,654 households. The median age of the population is 44. Of these residents, 83% describe their health as "good" or "very good" and 2.6% of economically active people aged 16–74 were unemployed.[4]

Village expansion[edit]

Wootton is currently expanding in size.

Housing plans include:[5]

  • More than 1000 new houses on fields situated next to the A421 road.
  • Possible plans to build another 1000 houses on fields located on the road between the village and Kempston.
  • Development of Wootton Park as part of the expansion project was led by a consortium of Bovis, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey. ECL Civil Engineering was the sole civil engineering contractor on the 600 homes development south of the village of Wootton.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Wootton has a Non-League football team Wootton Blue Cross F.C., founded in 1887. For the 2020–21 season, they are members of the Bedfordshire County Football League Premier Division. Wootton Blue Cross play at Weston Park, that has a capacity of 750. The clubs most successful season came in the 2002–03 season, when they reached the 4th round of the FA Vase.

Services in Wootton[edit]

  • Wootton Library
  • Wootton Vale Retirement Community

Notable residents[edit]

Past Residents[edit]

  • Mathew Scherne, clerk & vicar, fl. 1460 [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wootton Church". Bedfordshire County Council. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Wootton Community Archives - Introduction". Bedfordshire County Council. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Wootton AP/CP: Total Population - Introduction". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Wootton (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Wootton Development Brief". Bedford Borough Council. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  6. ^ as a defendant in a plea of debt, year: 1460; Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; image seen at: http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no798/aCP40n0798fronts/IMG_0383.htm ; first entry. name appears as part of the defendant: his executors are being sued;

External links[edit]

Wootton from a glider