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Chalton

The Star public house
Chalton
Chalton
Location within Bedfordshire
Population538 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL032263
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU4
PoliceBedfordshire
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire
51°55′34″N 0°30′03″W / 51.9260°N 0.5009°W / 51.9260; -0.5009Coordinates: 51°55′34″N 0°30′03″W / 51.9260°N 0.5009°W / 51.9260; -0.5009

Chalton is a village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England, immediately north of the Luton/Dunstable conurbation and bounded to the east by the M1 motorway and the Midland Main Line railway line.

A footpath, locally known as the "Bound Way", borders the village to the south and south west. This path now forms part of the Chiltern Way.

The fields around Chalton below Carters hill are the source of the River Flit.

Nearby places are Toddington (north west), Chalgrave (west), Houghton Regis (south west), and Sundon (east).

Listed buildings

There are several Grade II listed buildings in Chalton, including Gostelow House and Yew Tree Farm.

Education

Chalton Lower School stands in the centre of the village and accepts children between ages 4 and 9.[2]

Hospitality

The local public house is called The Star.[3]

Media

Chalton became the centre of media attention in 2010 when, in a breakthrough case, a local woman was acquitted of keeping a brothel.[4][5]

Trivia

During the second world war a German bomber jettisoned a stick of bombs in Chalton, which fell on Carters hill and on the fields between the village and The Bound Way. All the bombs exploded but did no damage.

Sundon Substation

The civil parish contains a main electricity substation, to the west of the M1, south of Toddington services. From here, a 400kv line of pylons travels northwards all the way to West Burton power station. This 150-mile line was the first full section to be built of the supergrid in 1965.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-10.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2011.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/body_and_soul/article7125757.ece
  5. ^ Finch, Claire (5 June 2010). "Experience: I ran a brothel in a country village". theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. ^ Electricity network in 2012

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