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Northill
Northill (Bedfordshire)
Northill

Northill shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL149465
District Mid Bedfordshire
Shire county Bedfordshire
Region East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIGGLESWADE
Postcode district SG18
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
European Parliament East of England
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List of places: UKEnglandBedfordshire

Coordinates: 52°06'21?N 0°19'23?W? / ?52.10569, -0.32302

Northill is a village in the county of Bedfordshire, England. It falls under the Northill and Blunham ward in the Mid Bedfordshire local authority. As of 2001 Northill had a population of about 900 people. The village is also the administrative centre of the Parish of Northill, which as of 2001 had a population of 2,284. [1]

The village is located about 4 miles to the west north west of Biggleswade[2] and is centred around a T-junction, which sees the Ickwell Road meet the Bedford Road.

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[edit] Geography

Topographically, Northill is situated on a slightly elevated ridge that run from north to south, and the surrounding terrain comprises parkland and woodland.It has a school, pub and church.

[edit] History

St. Mary's church in Northill
St. Mary's church in Northill

The village was originally known as North Givell[3], meaning the northern part of territory of the River Ivel. The core of the village's buildings date back to the 14th century.[4] To this day many examples of thatched roofing exist around Northill.

Among the buildings stemming from the 14th century is the village's Anglican Church of St. Mary, which is built of ironstone and has been extensively restored over the subsequent centuries. The church itself contains fine examples of 17th century painted glass.

Northill was the baptismal place, and possibly the birthplace, of the famous clockmaker Thomas Tompion, who built the famous Pump Room Clock in 1709 that has since seen active service in the city of Bath.

[edit] Events and Amenities

Aside from residential homes, Northill features an Anglican church, and a public house called The Crown located next door to the church. The village features no stores or shops, and no prominent commercial entities.

The village of Northill is known locally for being the starting place of the popular Ickwell May Day celebration that sees local floats and residents travel the mile or so down the Ickwell Road to the neighbouring village of Ickwell. There the celebrations conclude on the village green. The Northill/Ickwell May Day celebration has been in operation since at least circa 1565.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. , Bedfordshire County Council, Population Statistics Parishes M-Y. Bedfordshire County Council. Retrieved on September 23, 2006.
  2. , Map of Northill, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Multimap.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2006.
  3. , Northill Tourist Information. AboutBritain.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2006.
  4. , Northill. YourTotalEvent.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2006.

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