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The local area guide to living in Shefford

Shefford is a bustling little market town and civil parish located in Bedfordshire, England, approximately 50 miles north of London. Shefford sits at the confluence of two rivers, the Hit and the Flit. Historically, Shefford dates back to Roman times. The earliest record of the village is in the 13th century although archaeological discoveries suggest that the Romans were here at about the 1st century A.D.

During the Dark Ages, the immediate area was mainly swampland, which made crossing the area difficult for locals and travellers alike. Shepherds in the area eventually found the best point to cross the river with their flocks and the name Sheep Ford was born.

Today Shefford offers many small specialist shops and the town also has its own industrial estate and starter units. The Banks & Taylor microbrewery brews several unique local ales, many of which are served in the local pubs.

Information about the local residents

The average age of Shefford is lower than the national averages, which sit at 40, with the residents’ ages falling at a mean and median of 38. With such a young population, it’s no surprise that many of the residents have families, and 54.6% of the population are married.

Many of the residents find their employment in the other towns of the area, often commuting via bus or car. These residents are typically employed in a professional capacity, and nearly 10% are in senior managerial positions, or even a directing capacity.

Nearby schools

There are a few nurseries in the town, operating independently or as a subsidiary of one of the schools in the town. Local students typically begin at the Shefford Lower School, which takes students up until the beginning of middle school, ages 5-9. Following that, many students then go onto the Robert Bloomfield Academy.

Students who attend the academy do so until the age of 13, and do so in a school that’s consistently ranked extremely highly by Ofsted, achieving an ‘Outstanding’ rating in all the major assessed categories. Following that, students then go onto the Samuel Whitbread academy, finishing their higher school years and going on to 6th form college.

Several universities can be found in the surrounding area, such as in Milton Keynes and Bedford, as well as the world-renowned Cambridge University.

Getting around

Shefford is blessed with fine transport links and the village has an excellent bus network. The 71 and 72 buses operate between Shefford, Bedford, Henlow Camp and Hitchin. The 79 bus runs between Shefford and Luton. Local buses also operate between Shefford, Milton Keynes, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City.

Shefford has excellent rail links and the nearest mainline stations are: Arlesey (2.9 miles) Biggleswade (4.6 miles) Letchworth Garden City (5.8 miles). These run a regular and efficient service to all the major towns and cities of the UK.

A-roads that run through the town connect to the larger motorway system, with both the A1, A6 and M1 all within a half hour drive. London Luton Airport isn’t far either, a mere 30-minute drive away, or reachable via bus and train services.

Local shops

Visitors to Shefford have a number of options for accommodation. The village has both upmarket and affordable hotels and Bed and Breakfasts. Shefford has no shortage of shops where the visitor can buy anything from local arts and crafts to rare antiques.

The village also has supermarkets and all the essential amenities and shops. Looking for something special? Then try Shefford’s famed and historic market, you never know what you may find! For dining options, Shefford offers several eateries, including both sit-down restaurants and takeaways offering everything from upmarket English to continental food.

Alternatively, relax and enjoy a fine meal and some exquisite beers in one of Shefford’s many gorgeous pubs. For the sports enthusiast, Shefford has hobby and sporting groups and shops catering for all ages and interests.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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