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Living in Arlesey: The local area guide

Arlesey is a town, parish and ward in the eastern part of Central Bedfordshire. The town lies in the narrow stretch of the Hiz River Valley, and has been an established settlement for at least 1,000 years. The town’s impressive church, known as St. Peter’s Church, hails back to 1180, and the river bridge dates from, at least, as far back as the Elizabethan era. The Danish timber Etonbury Castle once stood in the area but has since been reduced to bare traces.

The Arlesey Town Council manages a very engaged community with many clubs and societies, which include some arts groups, a branch of the Royal British Legion, environmental and preservation groups, the VIVACE choir, a karate club, a weekly yoga group, the Arlesey Women’s Institute, Beavers through Scouts, Rainbows through Guides, football clubs and more.

The area is very well connected and has a wide range of resources and services. The IMD ranks barriers to services as very low, being better than 87% of the rest of England. The ‘living environment’ ranks better than 62% of England, and overall Arlesey is better than 76% of living areas in England, when you take into account a range of factors. The beautiful, historic countryside town is an excellent place to call home for single professionals, families and pensioners alike.

Demographics

The parish has a population of 5,584, accounting for nearly 40% of the ward’s total population of 14,572. The parish has 2,344 households, and the most common types are single person households (651), married couples without dependent children (639) and married couples with dependent children (438).

In central Arlesey, the 25-49 age group makes up the vast majority of the population, accounting for nearly 38%. By count, the 35-54 Lifestage age group accounts for the largest proportion of residents, totalling 1,780. Children are the second highest group, indicating the high number of families in the area.

Construction is the most common local business industry, but Professional, Scientific and Technical is second. The most common Occupation groups among the employed are Associate Professional & Technical and Professional.

Education

There are 18 primary schools, 4 secondary schools and 3 sixth forms within just 3 miles of Arlesey. Gothic Mede Academy is the closest primary, educating 312 pupils aged 5-9. Arlesey also has a nursery school.

Etonbury Academy is a comprehensive secondary in the town for ages 9-19. The school boasts a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating. In nearby Henlow, there are additional primary and secondary options, including Raynsford C of E Academy and the popular Samuel Whitbread Academy.

Transport

Arlesey has superb transport connections by road, rail and bus. Arlesey’s High Street leads to the A507 (Arlesey Road) which connects to the A1 in a short distance. Stevenage is 17 minutes by car to the south, with Bedford being 23 minutes by car to the north. London can be reached in under an hour by car and about 2 hours by bus.

Arlesey railway station was re-opened in 1988 and provides good regular services. It is particularly useful for travel to the larger nearby towns such as Stevenage, Sandy and Biggleswade, as well as Peterborough and London a bit further afield. London King’s Cross is reached in just a 40-minute train journey.

Amenities and shopping

Arlesey has many local specialty stores, several pubs including the old and impressive thatched-roof White Horse, a library, post office, recreation grounds, health centre, village convenience store, grocery store and a few international takeaways towards the south side of town.

The Orchard Fairfield is an excellent place for brunch, while the Fox & Duck is an excellent bar, restaurant and venue found a short distance east in neighbouring Stotfold. The Crown in Henlow is a lovely countryside-themed gastropub for traditional cuisine.

Nearby Stevenage, Bedford and Hitchin expand the options to all manner of cuisine, shopping centres and a range of High Street brands.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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