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Thatched cottages in Tempsford - geograph.org.uk - 1384001.jpg
Thatched cottages in Tempsford
Grid reference: TL164539
Location: 52°10’3"N, 0°17’53"W
Population: 564  (2001)
Post town: Sandy
Postcode: SG19
Dialling code: 01767
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
North East Bedfordshire

Tempsford is a village in Bedfordshire.

The village is split by the A1, the old Great North Road. While once this road brought life to the village, Tempsford is now cruelly sliced in twain by the fast dual carriageway.

Much of the village runs east along the lane north of Tempsford Hall, east of the A1, while the church and neighbouring houses at Church End are south of Tempsford Hall and west of the A1. The village has been permitted a local road alongside the main one, but the only route across the A1 to allow access between its estranged halves is a road bridge to the south of the village.

Tempsford is approached just before the junction with the A428 at the Black Cat Roundabout. To the east of the village is the site of the former RAF Tempsford airfield.

Tempsford railway station stood here, but has long since closed.

Parish church

The parish church is St Peter's.


In 917 the Danes held a fortification at Tempsford where, following an unsuccessful attack on Bedford, the Battle of Tempsford took place. The Danes were defeated by an English army led by King Edward the Elder.[1]

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  1. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, ed. Michael Swanton, 2nd ed. (London 2000), pp. 101-2