image for Village item typeCardington Village at Cardington


Cardington Ride

Cardington Ride


Bedford Road,
MK44 3SS


Cardington is three miles Southeast of Bedford. Estate cottages cluster around the village green, many of them bearing plaques with the initials 'JH' or 'SW'. These were built by John Howard, the famous prison reformer who lived in the large white-washed Georgian house north of the church, and Samuel Whitbread, founder of the famous brewing firm, who was born at Maltings Farm, a red brick house with distinctive windows to the west of the green.

In the cemetery of this rural village are buried the men who lost their lives in the R101 airship disaster in 1930 together with a memorial. A mile away the two vast airship sheds still dominate the landscape.


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Map reference: TL 085480  Lat: 52.11967 Long: -0.41670

Approximately 3 miles south-east of Bedford, this village is reached from the A603/A421 and is about ½ mile south of the Bedford Southern Bypass.

Bus: Bedfordshire Bus Info line: 01234 228337, Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm
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