Upper Sundon
The Crown, Upper Sundon
Upper Sundon is located in Bedfordshire
Upper Sundon
Upper Sundon
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL045277
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU3
Dialling code01525
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°56′18″N 0°28′52″W / 51.93834°N 0.481°W / 51.93834; -0.481

Upper Sundon is a village located in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England.

The village is the largest settlement in the wider Sundon civil parish, though Lower Sundon is presumed to be older, as the parish church (first built in the 13th Century) is located there.

The manor of Sundon is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The manor was held by the de Clare, Badlesmere and Scrope families until the mid 16th century, when it passed to the Cheyne family. In 1716 it was sold to William Clayton, 1st Baron Sundon. It later passed to the Page-Turner family.[1]

Today, Upper Sundon houses most of the amenities located in the parish, including Sundon Lower School and a pub. Historically the village contained three pubs but two have since closed leaving The Red Lion as the only public house in Upper Sundon. The village is close to the large town of Luton, and is bordered on the west by the M1 motorway.

The village has a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Sundon Chalk Quarry.

The Icknield Way Path passes through the village on its 110-mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The Icknield Way Trail, a multi-user route for walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists also passes near the village.


  1. ^ Page, W. "Parishes: Sundon Pages 384-387 A History of the County of Bedford: Volume 2". British History Online. Retrieved 12 October 2021.