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Podington is a village and civil parish in northwest Bedfordshire in Englandmarker, United Kingdommarker. The village is within the electoral ward of Harroldmarker in the Borough of Bedford. Podington lies around 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Bedfordmarker and is about 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the county border with Northamptonshiremarker. Podington is a small picturesque rural village; many of its buildings are stone cottages dating from the 1700s, and some even earlier. Nearby there is paintballing and Podington Garden Centre can be found in the High Street. Podington was included in the Domesday Book 1086; and has been recorded as "Podintone" and "Potintone" from the 1200s and later as "Puddington". Today it is sometimes spelt (or misspelt) "Poddington". Located around 3 km (2 miles) southeast of the village are RAF Podingtonmarker and Santa Pod Racewaymarker. Hinwick Housemarker is found at a crossroads under 1 km (0.5 miles) south of the village.

Civil parish

The civil parish covering Podington also encompasses Hinwickmarker and Farndishmarker; although in the past Farndish had its own civil parish, it experienced depopulation and it was absorbed into the Podington 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 historic Hundred of Willeymarker.

Nearby places

Less than 1.5 km (1 mile) to the south is the hamlet of Hinwickmarker; the closest nearby villages between 1.5 and 3 km (1 and 2 miles) away include Farndishmarker to the northwest and Wymingtonmarker to the northeast. Nearby larger settlements include Rushdenmarker to the north, Irchestermarker to the northwest and Wollastonmarker to the west, all around 5 km (3 miles) away. Wellingboroughmarker, which is 7 km (4.4 miles) northwest of Podington, is the village's post town.

See also

Podington Castlemarker

The Poddington Peas


  1. British History Online - Older spellings - 1700s stone cottages [1]

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