Visit Biggleswade and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, is on the River Ivel and it is the river which gave the town its past prosperity, for within the memory of some of its oldest inhabitants the Ivel was navigable from the sea to just West of the town. When the Romans built a major road, they made a ford over the river here and this ford formed the basis of what is now the town itself. The bridge which spans the river has three pointed arches and is of the 14th century. Two great flour mills stand on the river's bank.
It has for long been a busy market-gardening area. Market Place is the centre of the town, where a general market is held each week. The Old Market House is timber-framed with a timber roof, and the former Victorian Town Hall has a five-bayed stuccoed front with massive Roman Doric columns. The White Hart Inn is also timber-framed and the late-18th-century Crown Hotel has pleasant Art Nouveau lettering.
In London Road is the Limes, the former workhouse, of yellow brick with an octagonal centre and wings, dated 1835.
St Andrew's Church is large and, although externally renewed, is mainly Perpendicular. The tower is l8th-century and has round-arched bell-openings. Towards the nave is a high tower arch of the 14th century. The font has a Perpendicular shaft, and the l5th-century south door a full traceried head. There is a brass to William Halsted and his wife dated 1449.
In St John's Street is the church of the same name, a yellow-brick, Victorian building with red-brick decoration. On the east gable of the nave is a big bellcot and there are several long lancets.
To the South of the town, on the Hitchin road, is a windmill, and to the North, Shorthand House, of yellow brick with a large Tuscan porch, built in the 18th century.
Nearby towns: Baldock, Bedford, Royston, Sandy
Nearby villages: Abbotsley, Arlesey, Ashwell, Astwick, Baldock, Blunham, Bygrave, Caldecote, Cardington, Clophill, Cockayne Hatley, Cople, East Hatley, Edworth, Gamlingay, Gravenhurst, Great Barford, Great Gransden, Guilden Morden, Hatch, Hatley St George, Haynes, Henlow, Hinxworth, Holwell, Langford, Little Barford, Little Gransden, Meppershall, Moggerhanger, Newnham, Northill, Old Warden, Potton, Radwell, Roxton, Shefford, Shillington, Silsoe, Southill, Steeple Morden, Stondon, Stotfold, Sutton, Tempsford, Wallington, Wilden, Willington, Wrestlingworth
Have you decided to visit Biggleswade or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Biggleswade bed and breakfast (a Biggleswade B&B or Biggleswade b and b)
- a Biggleswade guesthouse
- a Biggleswade hotel (or motel)
- a Biggleswade self-catering establishment, or
- other Biggleswade accommodation