Stotfold Mill
Stotfold is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population9,014 (Parish, 2021)[1]
12,310 (Built up area, 2021)[2]
OS grid referenceTL2136
Civil parish
  • Stotfold
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHITCHIN
Postcode districtSG5
Dialling code01462
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°01′05″N 0°13′41″W / 52.018°N 0.228°W / 52.018; -0.228

Stotfold is a town and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire,[3] England. The town covers 2,207 acres (8.93 km2) and the River Ivel passes through the town. The population of the parish at the 2021 census was 9,014.[1] The wider built-up area, which the Office for National Statistics defines to additionally include the adjoining Fairfield Park development, had a population of 12,310 at the 2021 census.[2] For the purposes of postal addresses, Stotfold comes under the post town of Hitchin; it was therefore in the postal county of Hertfordshire despite actually being in Bedfordshire.


Stotfold Watermill

Stotfold Watermill stands on the River Ivel and is one of four mills in Stotfold that were recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.[4] It is the only working mill left in Stotfold and is a grade II listed watermill.[5] The Mill was fully restored after being burnt down on 15 December 1992.[6] The Mill opened to the public in May 2006, with the formal opening taking place in October 2006, followed shortly after by a visit from the Duke of Edinburgh on 17 November 2006.[7] It has a 4.4 metre wide overshot corn mill waterwheel which is the widest in the country[8] and is currently open to the public with a tea room on alternate weekends in season (March to October) and on special event weekends.[9] The Mill is a charity run by the Stotfold Mill Preservation Trust. All money raised is used for the continual upkeep and restoration of the Mill and of the local area.[10] Its major fundraiser is the annual Stotfold Mill Steam and Country Fair which takes place in May and attracted around 8,500 visitors raising approximately £20,000 in 2010.[11]

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin dates to about 1150 but was probably preceded by a series of wooden Saxon churches on the same site. The church is built of flint with Ashwell clunch stone dressings to the buttresses and is mainly in the Early Perpendicular style. In about 1450 the tower was added and the chancel widened, and it is believed that the baptismal font also dates from this time; it is octagonal and panelled.[12][13]

In about 1824 much work was done at the church which included plastering the roof of the north aisle and replacing both the mediaeval carvings and the 400-year-old pews, the latter being done by local contractor William Seymour of Arlesey. At the same time the old paintings on the walls were either destroyed or whitewashed over.[14]


Greenacre Centre, Valerian Way: Community centre and town council's headquarters

There are two tiers of local government covering Stotfold, at parish (town) and unitary authority level: Stotfold Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council. The town council is based at the Greenacre Centre, which was built in 2016.[15][16]

Stotfold was an ancient parish. When elected parish and district councils were created in 1894 it was given a parish council and included in the Biggleswade Rural District.[17] In 1974 the Biggleswade Rural District was replaced by Mid Bedfordshire. At the same time, parish councils were given the right to declare their parishes to be a town, which Stotfold did with effect from 1 April 1974.[18][19] Mid Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire County Council were both abolished 2009, when Stotfold became part of the unitary authority of Central Bedfordshire.[20] The parish of Stotfold historically included the Fairfield area, which was made a separate parish in 2013.[21]

Sport and leisure

See also: Sport in Bedfordshire

Stotfold has a Non-League football club Stotfold F.C., which plays at New Roker Park.

Famous residents

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  2. ^ a b "Towns and cities, characteristics of built-up areas, England and Wales: Census 2021". Census 2021. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  3. ^ 'About Stotfold', Stotfold Town Council. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Bedfordshire and Domesday", Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, Quarto Memoir, 1922 vol. 1, by G. Herbert Fowler, p.72
  5. ^ "Stotfold Mill — Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  6. ^ "The Four Stotfold Watermills - by local historian Bert Hyde". Archived from the original on 7 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Stotfold Mill History - from Domesday Book to 21st century restoration". Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Stotfold Mill — Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Stotfold Mill - A Great Day Out - Opening Times". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Stotfold Mill — Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Weather failed to dampen the spirts of steam fair visitors - News". The Comet. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  12. ^ "History of St Mary's church - St Mary's church website". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  13. ^ "GENUKI: Stotfold, Bedfordshire – The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  14. ^ Vol 27, November 1827, The Gentleman's Magazine - Google Books pg 401
  15. ^ "Consultation: Stotfold Library, 2022". Central Bedfordshire Council. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  16. ^ "Contact us". Stotfold Town Council. Retrieved 3 April 2023.
  17. ^ "Stotfold Ancient Parish / Civil Parish". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  18. ^ "Local Government Act 1972: Section 245",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70 (s. 245), retrieved 13 April 2024
  19. ^ "Focus on Stotfold: An old town looks to the future". Biggleswade Chronicle. 30 May 1975. p. 27. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  20. ^ "The Bedfordshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008",, The National Archives, SI 2008/907, retrieved 13 April 2024
  21. ^ "Bulletin of change to local authority arrangements, areas and names in England" (PDF). Lgbce. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  22. ^ There is also a golden post box in her honour. Bedfordshire County Council Press Release Archived 14 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine