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Cranfield Page Index

The following pages are designed to give a brief history of some aspects of the community of Cranfield. They are certainly not intended to be exhaustive and more work could be done, for example, on the interesting buildings with reference to census returns, electoral registers and name searches for owners and/or occupiers amongst our other archives, or on churches with reference to the parish records. We hope that reading these pages will encourage you to do more research of your own.

The pages draw heavily on a booklet previously published in 1986 by the former County Planning Department of Bedfordshire County Council in their series Bedfordshire Parish Surveys: Historic Landscape and Archaeology as volume No. 5, Cranfield (ISBN 0 907041 68 X).  The current copyright owners of this booklet, Central Bedfordshire Council, and the original author, Stephen R. Coleman, have given express permission to the authors of these community pages to reproduce freely from the original.  We have also been given access to material held in the Council’s Historic Environment Record (HER) which has added significantly to our knowledge base.  We are extremely grateful to them for this: it has made this project so much easier. (Contributed by Sally Williams)

Note: due to the wealth of material relating to the village of Cranfield, these pages are being written in sections and additional pages will be added over time.


The Parish of Cranfield in General

Cranfield in Prehistory

Cranfield in the Romano-British Era

Cranfield in the Anglo-Saxon Era

Ailwyn the Black

Cranfield after the Norman Conquest

The Holy Well

The Black Death in Cranfield

The 1671 Hearth Tax

Migration from Cranfield

The Mills of Cranfield

Cranfield Landscape

Cranfield's Greens

The Moats of Cranfield

Wood End Settlement

Pre-Enclosure Landscape

Enclosure and the 19th Century Landscape

Cranfield Manors

Cranfield Manor and Grange

The Manor of Washingleys

The Manor of Redlands


Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Brotherhood of Corpus Christi


Cranfield Baptist Church (East End)

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Cranfield Methodist Church

Quakers in Cranfield


Cranfield University and Airport