Thinking of moving to Biggleswade? Here is some information on the Town.
Biggleswade is a market town and civil parish located on the River Ivel in Bedfordshire, England. It has grown in population by nearly 10% over the past decade, primarily due to good transport links, being situated along the A1 road between London and the North, as well as having a railway station on the main rail link North from London (the East Coast Main Line). New housing developments mean that expansion is predicted to continue into the foreseeable future.
Located about 40 miles (60 km) north of Central London and 20 miles (30 km) west-south-west of Cambridge, the fastest train to London, King’s Cross, takes 35 minutes, while a car journey to central Cambridge also takes about 35 minutes. In 2011 the population of the town was about 16,550. The Biggleswade civil parish also includes the nearby hamlet of Holme, Bedfordshire.
The area around Biggleswade is thought to have been inhabited from around 10,000 BC, with arrowheads dating from this period found in the region. In Roman times, a loop road known as the White Way passed through Biggleswade (possibly along the course of the present-day Drove Road), linking up with the Ermine Way at Godmanchester.
Sport and leisure
Biggleswade Karate Club is located on Market Square in their own dojo. The club is affiliated to the national body (BKK) and the international organisation IFK. They practice the kyokushin style of karate (http://www.dojotraining.co.uk) as well as providing fitness classes for non-martial artists.
The town is mentioned twice in the diaries of Samuel Pepys. On 22 July 1661, Pepys stopped off in Biggleswade (called ‘Bigglesworth’ by Pepys) to buy a pair of warm woollen stockings. John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington often refers to the town and the Sun Inn. There are six churches in Biggleswade, which are represented by the umbrella organisation Churches Together in Biggleswade.
Nearby is the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aeroplanes, sometimes referred to as Biggleswade Airfield.
Biggleswade, as part of Central Bedfordshire, has a three-tier schooling system with lower schools catering for ages between 5 to 9, middle schools from 9 to 13 and Stratton Upper School continuing education up and into Sixth Form. Two of the local schools, Stratton Upper School and Biggleswade Academy, attained Academy status in 2011.
List of schools:
- Stratton Upper School and Community College (formerly Stratton Grammar Technical School)
- Biggleswade Academy (formerly Holmemead Middle School)
- Edward Peake Middle School
- St Andrew’s Lower School 
- Lawnside Lower School
- Southlands Lower School
- Ivel Valley School, a special school for children with moderate or severe learning difficulties