Harlington Crossroads
Harlington is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population2,260 (2004)
2,297 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL035305
Civil parish
  • Harlington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLU5
Dialling code01582, 01525
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°57′48″N 0°29′42″W / 51.963355°N 0.495006°W / 51.963355; -0.495006

Harlington is a village and civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England, near the M1 motorway. The nearest town is Flitwick about 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north.

Transport links


The village is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from junction 12 of the M1, 7 miles (11 km) north of Luton, 10 miles (16 km) south of Bedford and 40 miles (64 km) north northwest of London.


Harlington has a railway station in the west of the village. It was built by the Midland Railway in 1868 on its extension to St Pancras.[2] The original intention had been to call it "Harlington for Toddington".[citation needed] The station is served by Thameslink route trains. From Harlington station, you can travel north to Flitwick and Bedford, or south to Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, Harpenden, St Albans, Central London, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.


The X42 service provides a direct link to Toddington, Westoning, Flitwick, Ampthill, Houghton Conquest, Kempston, and Bedford.


The nearest airport is at Luton, about 8 miles (13 km) to the south.


Harlington has two public houses, the Carpenters Arms[3] and The Old Sun.[4][5] There are several churches, including the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Harlington Methodist Church and Life Church (part of the Pioneer network of churches). There is a small parade of shops consisting of a general store with post office counter, a dry cleaner, Bradshaws estate agent and The Hub and Spoke Cafe, https://thehubandspokecafe.co.uk

There are several buildings surrounding the village green (also called Bury Orchard) used for community activities. These include the parish hall, village hall and scout hut. A cricket pitch adjoins the village green.


The village is home to two schools, Harlington Lower and Harlington Upper. The lower school takes children from reception class through to age 9 (end of school Year 4), and received an "Outstanding" rating in its 2010 OFSTED Report.[6] Also on the Lower School site is Harlington Village Pre-School,[7] a volunteer-run charity accepting children from the ages of two years and nine months. As Central Bedfordshire operates a three-tier system, children aged between 9 and 13 (school Years 5 to 8) attend Parkfields Middle School in nearby Toddington.

Harlington Upper School serves a large rural area, and takes children from age 13 (school Year 9) up to A-level. In 2006, Harlington Upper School became a specialist science college, thanks to funding raised by its parent-teacher association, HUSA.[8]


See also


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Midland railway society maps". Midlands Railway Society.
  3. ^ "The Carpenters Arms Harlington". Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  4. ^ "The Old Sun Harlington". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Places to Drink in Bedfordshire". informationBritain. Retrieved 19 August 2006.
  6. ^ "Ofsted | Harlington Lower School". Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. Harlington Lower School
  7. ^ "Harlington Village Pre-School". Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Harlington Upper School". 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2006.
  9. ^ a b Harlington Church (2006). "A brief history of St Mary's". Retrieved 19 August 2006.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Harlington Timeline". Besfordshire Libraries. 2005. Archived from the original on 7 September 2004. Retrieved 19 August 2006.
  11. ^ "Harlington Tourist Information". AboutBritain.com. 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2006.