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Grid reference: SP959425
Location: 52°4’12"N, 0°36’29"W
Population: 4,909  (2001)
Post town: Bedford
Postcode: MK43
Dialling code: 01234
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
Mid Bedfordshire

Cranfield is a village in north-western Bedfordshire, between Bedford and Milton Keynes. In 2001 it had a recorded population of 4,909

The hamlet of Bourne End is found just north of Cranfield, and is part of the same civil parish. Wharley End was a separate settlement, but now forms the northern part of Cranfield village, by the university.

Though seeming a small, unassuming village, there is lot here: in the bounds of Cranfield are an airfield (Cranfield Airport), a new university (Cranfield University) and the Cranfield Technology Park.

About the village

Cranfield has three public houses, a football club, hairdressers, several take-away restaurants, two small supermarkets and three car dealers. There is also a surgery and dentists practice along with a pharmacy. Cranfield has a university, two schools, two parks and a multi-use games area.

The village Post Office is now contained within the Co-op store; previously it was on separate premises near the centre of the village. Cranfield has one of only a small number of Morgan dealerships, in addition to a Ford dealer. There are further facilities at the university campus including a Post Office and bookshop.

Parish church

The parish church is the Church of St Peter and St Paul. It has records going back at least to 1600, and is notable for its newly restored bells.

Big Society and local media

Cranfield has a local newspaper called the Cranfield Express.

There is a community web site giving village information, local business, forum etc.

From 1992-2005 the village had its own amateur dramatics society, the 'Cranfield Players' with many village members.

Sport and leisure

  • Football: Cranfield United FC, who play at Crawley Road.


Main article: Cranfield Airport

Cranfield's airfield was originally an RAF training airfield, and was used after the war by the College of Aeronautics. Today the main user is the Cabair School of Flying. The future of the airfield is uncertain – one runway was closed to allow the construction of the Nissan building and technology park, and there are controversial plans to build further housing on airfield land.

Kennett Aviation, who previously operated a range of vintage aircraft from Cranfield, were forced to move to North Weald due to these plans. However, Cranfield is still home to one of the few remaining serviceable Lightning jet fighters.


Cranfield University is adjacent to the village, on the other side of the airfield.

Technology park

The Cranfield Technology Park is west of the University at the entrance to the campus. It is being developed on a phased basis by Cranfield University and its development partner. The park's objective is to encourage knowledge-based companies to locate their activities on the park and to encourage the growth of such companies. A major extension to the technology park was started in January 2007 using land on Cranfield Airport.

In August 2005 a new business incubation centre was opened. It was designed to encourage and support hi-tech and knowledge based pre-start and early start companies during the formative stages of their development.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Cranfield)