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Thatched cottages in Podington - geograph.org.uk - 528746.jpg
Thatched cottages in Podington
Grid reference: SP940626
Location: 52°15’14"N, 0°37’23"W
Population: 435  (2011 including Farndish & Hinwick[1])
Post town: Wellingborough
Postcode: NN29
Dialling code: 01234
Local Government
Council: Bedford
North East Bedfordshire

Podington is a village and parish in Bedfordshire adjacent to the border with Northamptonshire. It lies around 10 miles north-west of the county town, Bedford. Podington is a small picturesque rural village; many of its buildings are stone cottages dating from the 18th century, and some even earlier. Podington was included in the Domesday Book 1086; and has been recorded as "Podintone" and "Potintone" from the 13th century and later as "Puddington".[2] Today it is sometimes spelt (or misspelt) "Poddington". Located around two miles south-east of the village are RAF Podington and Santa Pod Raceway. Hinwick House is found at a crossroads under a mile south of the village.

The Church of St Mary is a Grade-I listed church in Podington. It became a listed building on 13 July 1964.[3] Some surviving architectural elements date back at least to the early 13th century. Richard Orlebar the High Sheriff for Bedfordshire and his wife the culinary writer Diana Astry, were both buried here in the 1700s.[3]

Civil parish

The civil parish covering Podington also encompasses the hamlet of Hinwick and the ancient parish of Farndish; although in the past Farndish had its own civil parish, it experienced depopulation and it was absorbed into the Podington civil parish. In the past and present the civil parish is usually referred to as "Podington and Hinwick" but sometimes "Podington with Hinwick" or just "Podington". the parish is within the Willey Hundred.

Nearby places

Nearby larger settlements include Rushden to the north, Irchester to the north-west and Wollaston to the west, all around three miles away. Wellingborough, which is 4½ miles north-west of Podington, is the village's post town.


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