Thinking of moving to Ampthill? Here is some information on the Town.
Ampthill is a small town and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, between Bedford and Luton, with a population of about 6,000. It is administered by Central Bedfordshire Council. A regular market has taken place on Thursdays for centuries.
Ampthill still trades on its “historic market town” reputation, serving as a commercial centre for surrounding villages. The town has several lively pubs, a wide variety of restaurants, a Waitrose supermarket and a selection of small independent specialist shops below flats. A number of small businesses such as solicitors, estate agents, financial services, hairdressers, music schools and a bookshop are also located in town, with larger businesses to be found on the commercial and industrial developments on the outskirts, along the town’s bypass. Ampthill also has a high concentration of public amenities, including schools, doctors surgeries, a fire and ambulance station, and a police station.
Ampthill’s historic centre, coupled with well-respected[according to whom?] schools and the facilities mentioned above has made it one of the most expensive places to buy a house in Bedfordshire, even in comparison with other mid-Bedfordshire towns such as neighbouring Flitwick, and Cranfield. In a survey, it was found that the majority of Ampthill’s workers are employed locally, with around 20% working in Ampthill itself, and most of the remainder travelling to nearby centres of employment such as Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes. Around 13% of workers commute from Ampthill to London daily. The survey also found that the turnover of residents was low, most having been in Ampthill for well over a decade.
Sport and leisure
Ampthill has a non-League football team, Ampthill Town F.C. who play at Ampthill Park. The town’s rugby union club Ampthill RUFC play in National League 2 South a fourth tier league in the English rugby union system. Ampthill Town Cricket Club has been established since 1890 and currently have teams playing in the Hertfordshire league and the Bedfordshire league putting out at least four teams on Saturdays and Sunday. They also host a Bedfordshire CCC match yearly and host an annual friendly game with London Zoo. Their home is in Ampthill Great Park with a clubhouse and scorebox near the west carpark. On Friday 8 August 2014 Ampthill Town Cricket Club will once again host the Lashing All-Stars For those who like a walk or a cycle, both the Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through the lower end of the town.
Recent and planned developments
Recent years have witnessed substantial development in Ampthill and the surrounding area. The Bedford Street area was substantially redeveloped in 2006/2007, with the demolition of a Shell petrol station, shopping arcade and small Budgens supermarket, to make way for a new Waitrose supermarket, an improved town car park and a development of shops and apartments known as Oxlet House. The supermarket opened on 29 September 2006, with Oxlet house being completed in late 2007.
The Bedfordshire Railway & Transport Association is campaigning for the reopening of Ampthill railway station which closed in 1959