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Kempston, Bedfordshire, UK

Lat: 52:06:51N
Lon: 0:29:52W

Postcode district:
MK45 3xx

Nearest Transport Links:
Kempston Hardwick Railway Station (1.5 mi)
M1 Jnct 13 (7.7 mi)
Luton Airport (17.5 mi)

Cities nearby:
Elstow (0.71 mi)
Wootton (1.82 mi)
Biddenham (2.41 mi)
Bedford (2.7 mi)
Stagsden (3.05 mi)

Kempston Town Council, Council Offices, 104 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8BG
Tel: 01234 851005 Fax: 01234 851215


General Information

Kempston is a town in Bedfordshire, England. It is part of the Borough of Bedford. The name in its old form is "kemestun" which includes the Brittonic word "cambio" meaning bent or curved. Therefore, the name meant when coined "the enclosed settlement on the bend". The bend was that of the River Great Ouse noted for its sharp bends upstream of Bedford. It is just possible that "cambita" (the curved one) was the name given to this stretch of the river by the Celtic speaking population. In this case the name could have developed like that of the river Kembs in the French Department of Haute Rhin. Locally the village name is pronounced Kemstun.

Kempston was recorded as "camestone" in the Domesday Book and had a 6th century Anglo Saxon burial site, now home to the Saxon Centre. Once known as the largest village in England, Kempston is now a town with its own town council. It has a population of approximately 20,000, and is adjacent to Bedford. It serves principally as a dormitory town for Bedford and for Milton Keynes which is approximately ten miles away.

The town has modern schools, the Woburn Road industrial estate and the Saxon Centre shopping precinct, named after the site of a Saxon cemetery on which it stands. The large Addison Howard public park contains the Addison Centre with a multi-purpose hall. 'Out of town' shopping at the Retail Interchange Park is also close by.

Kempston has a range of leisure facilities with riverside walks, parks, play areas, a library, a teenage recreation centre, an indoor swimming pool and outdoor and indoor bowling greens. Other facilities only a short distance away, include a 10 screen cinema, a ten-pin bowling alley, museums, an art gallery, a countryside park, a canoe slalom, a butterfly farm, a children’s farm, theatres, a sports centre, 3 golf courses and swimming and leisure pools.

Outside of Kempston Town, the adjoining parish (population 1,240) has a number of small hamlets or 'Ends' (such as Box End, Church End), which retain their rural character. The parish church of All Saints, beside the River Ouse, contains some Saxo-Norman work and inside are two medieval panels showing Adam and Eve.

Kempston has always been proud of its independent sense of community and character. Many of its residents talk about “the village” with affection and others who live in the “new town”, speak of it with warmth.

It is a good place to live having a wide range of housing available, with a variety of shops both large and small and a recently developed Interchange Park close by.

There are several Lower, Middle and Upper Schools to choose from and a Community College offering a diversity of courses all within walking distance.

Kempston has opportunity for employment and is also ideally placed for a wider work base being within easy access of Bedford, the A1, the M1, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Luton.



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