Stondon

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Stondon
Bedfordshire
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The Baptist Chapel in Lower Stondon
Location
Grid reference: TL1535
Location: 52°0’11"N, 0°19’5"W
Data
Population: 1,821  (2001)
Post town: Henlow
Postcode: SG16
Dialling code: 01462
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
Parliamentary
constituency:
Mid Bedfordshire

Stondon is parish and pair of villages in Bedfordshire. The parish consists of the hamlets of Lower Stondon and Upper Stondon.

The name "Stondon" derives from the Old English stan dun (or stænen dun), meaning 'Stone Hill'. The parish itself however was only created in 1985 after an amalgamation of the Lower and Upper Stondon civil parishes.[1]

The village has a golf club, a bistro, several hairdressers, a transport museum, Stondon Lower School and more.

Upper Stondon

Upper Stondon TL147356 is a hamlet, the smaller of the two, standing to the north of Lower Standon.

Lower Stondon

The larger of the two villages, though tiny still, Lower Stondon (TL155355) is to the south of its sister, on the lane leading out from the A600 and Henlow Camp. It is here that one finds the churches, the pubs, the golf club and the museum.

Lower Stondon does not have a large number of amenities; at the western end of the village there is a grocery store and post office, hairdressers and an Indian restaurant in Fakeswell Lane. Hillside Road leads to the Village Hall, Stondon Lower School, Garden Centre and Recreation Field. Another facility at the Western end of the village is the Mount Pleasant Golf Club.

The eastern end of Station Road has a BMX Track built with funds from charitable donations. Further east along Station Road is RAF Henlow and Henlow Camp, there are a number of amenities within close reach on the A600 roundabout, these consist of a grocery store, hairdressers, an estate agent, a sandwich shop, an antique shop, an electrical shop, several takeaway restaurants and a large family pub and hotel.

Churches

All Saints is a Victorian church with a 13th-century doorway re-used from an earlier church. The font too comes from the original Norman building, built around 1150.

History

Stondon is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The entry is as follows: Standone: St Benedict's of Ramsey; Engelhere from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife.

Stondon Transport Museum

An NSU Ro 80 at the Stondon Transport Museum

The village also hosts the largest private transport museum in the UK. The collection has over 400 exhibits, including cars, motorcycles, tanks, aircraft, and a full-size replica of Captain Cook's ship, the HM Bark Endeavour.

Outside links

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References