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Buntingford
Buntingford
is a small market town and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
and county of Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
in England. It lies on the River Rib
River Rib
and on the Roman road
Roman road
Ermine Street. As a result of its location, it grew mainly as a staging post with many coaching inns and has an 18th-century one-cell prison known as The Cage, by the ford at the end of Church Street. It has a population of 4,820. The town also has an annual firework display at The Bury, presented by Buntingford Town
Town
Football Club.[2] It is Hertfordshire's smallest town. The Prime Meridian
Prime Meridian
passes to the east of Buntingford. The town has a large number of Georgian and medieval buildings, such as Buntingford
Buntingford
almshouses, Buntingford Manor House
Buntingford Manor House
and the Red House. Buntingford
Buntingford
was a stop-over on what was the main route between London and Cambridge, now the A10. Due to its desirability as a commuter town in recent years, the town has grown considerably in the past few decades, the most noticeable recent addition being the "Bovis Estate" (c. 1990), informally named after the housing firm that constructed there; its main road is Luynes Rise, named due to the town's twinning with Luynes (near Tours) in France. Other housing estates are: Freman Drive, Vicarage Road, Snells Mead, Downhall Ley, Monks Walk, and Kingfisher Park. Recently, the town has grown further with further new developments, notably: The Village, Meadow Vale, Knights Walk & The Maples. The population of Buntingford
Buntingford
is expected to rise by 1,500 to 6,500 inhabitants by 2021, marking the largest period of development since the 1960s when the former Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
depot site was constructed and housing estates to support new workers were constructed.

Contents

1 History 2 Culture 3 Transport 4 Economy 5 Schools 6 Twin towns 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Buntingford
Buntingford
was traditionally located within the parish of Layston – St Bartholomew's Church (Layston) is now derelict and lies about half a mile to the north-east of the town. St Peter's Church, formerly a relief chapel, is the Anglican church in Buntingford
Buntingford
and is an almost unique brick building from the age of the 17th-century Puritans. St Richard's serves the Roman Catholic community. There is also a United Reformed Church in Baldock
Baldock
Road. Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I
stayed at Buntingford
Buntingford
in a building now called the Bell House Gallery, on a coach journey to Cambridge.[3] Just up the High Street, The Angel Inn, now a dental surgery, was a staging post for coaches travelling from London to Cambridge. The name of the town is believed to originate from the Saxon chieftain or tribe Bunta; it does not refer to the bird Bunting, or the festive flag-like decorations.[4] Culture[edit] Market day is Monday, and early closing Wednesday. The Buntingford Carnival is held every other year. There is also a classic car event held in the town each year, usually in the early autumn. The town has a number of public houses – The Brambles (formerly The Chequers), The Fox and Duck, The Black Bull, The Crown and The Jolly Sailors. The 'World Sausage Tossing Championship' has taken place at The Countryman Inn, in Chipping near Buntingford, every August since 2014.[5] Transport[edit] Buntingford
Buntingford
railway station, opened in 1863, was closed in 1964,[6] under the Beeching cuts. This was the terminus for the Buntingford Branch Line. Recently it has been redeveloped into housing.

Economy[edit] Buntingford
Buntingford
is home to various independent shops, restaurants and pubs mainly located in the town's high street. Buntingford
Buntingford
has a Co-op food supermarket and a Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
local. Just outside the town are two BP fuel stations at each end of the bypass. The town was previously home to the Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's
Anglia Distribution Centre, but this was vacated and eventually knocked down for housing in 2014. The site had previously been used as a Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
munitions factory, known locally as "the Dump".[7] Schools[edit] Buntingford
Buntingford
uses a three-tier school system. There are four schools in Buntingford:

Freman College (an Upper School and Sixth Form), Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford, SG9 9BT. Formerly known as Ward Freman Upper School. Edwinstree C of E Middle School, has some 450 pupils in four year-groups and 16 classes, Norfolk Road, Buntingford, SG9 9AW. Layston First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a small nursery. Milfield First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a small nursery.

Twin towns[edit]

Luynes, France Ólvega, Spain

See also[edit]

The Hundred Parishes

References[edit]

^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2016.  ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : East Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Retrieved 2 February 2010 ^ Blatchley, Nicholas. "Around Buntingford". Herts Memories.  ^ Bunting, Frank. "Origin of Buntingford
Buntingford
name". Herts Memories.  ^ http://www.sausagetosser.com World Sausage Tossing Championship website ^ Disused Stations ^ Gold, Ciaran (20 February 2012). "Former Buntingford
Buntingford
depot development could bring 600 jobs". Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Mercury. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Buntingford.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Buntingford.

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Buntingford
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