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Coordinates: 52°04′41″N 0°20′28″W / 52.078°N 0.341°W / 52.078; -0.341

Old Warden
Old Warden is located in Bedfordshire
Old Warden

 Old Warden shown within Bedfordshire
Population 340 [1]
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Biggleswade
Postcode district SG18
Dialling code 01767
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Old Warden is a village in Bedfordshire, England just west of the town of Biggleswade. It grew up under the protection of the Cistercian Wardon or Warden Abbey nearby.

It is widely known as the home of the Shuttleworth Trust, an organisation committed to the preservation of transport artefacts, primarily cycles, cars, and aeroplanes, produced in the early part of the 20th century, and known as the Shuttleworth Collection. The estate also has buildings and gardens of great beauty, and a small airfield from which some of the historic aircraft occasionally fly. The estate, museum, and airfield are open to visitors at a price. The estate is also the home of Shuttleworth College founded in 1944.

For local government purposes it forms part of Central Bedfordshire Council and is within the Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency, whose Member of Parliament is currently Nadine Dorries of the Conservative Party.

History

The first mention of a post office in the village is in 1873. The post office national archives record the issue to Old Warden in April 1890 of a type of postmark known as a rubber datestamp.[2] The village post office closed on 14 October 2008. It was one of about 2,500 compulsory compensated closures of UK post office branches announced by the Government in 2007.[3]

References

  1. ^ Bedfordshire County Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for 2007.
  2. ^ Mackay, James A. (1986) Sub Office Rubber Datestamps of England and Wales, p. 285, p. 287, Dumfries: published by the author, ISBN 0 906440 39 4
  3. ^ "Proposed branch closure" (2008) Leaflet issued by Post Office Ltd.

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