- Sandy, Bedfordshire
infobox UK place
country = England
population= 11,000 (2004 est.)
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= North East Bedfordshire
postcode_district = SG19
static_image_caption= Market Square, Sandy
Sandy is a small
market townin northern Bedfordshire, England. It is between Cambridgeand Bedford, and on the A1 road from Londonto Edinburgh. The area is dominated by a range of hills known as the Sand Hills. The River Ivelruns through Sandy. The dedication of the Anglican church is to St Swithun. Sandy now has an area of housing named Fallowfields which has almost doubled in size in the last 4 years.
Sandy is probably best known today as the headquarters of the
RSPB. The Society moved to The Lodge, on the outskirts of the town in 1961. The Shuttleworth Collectionis also nearby, around 2 miles south west of Sandy.
An archaeological dig in
May 2006revealed that the town's ancestors may date back further than 250 BC. [http://www.thecomet.net/content/comet/news/story.aspx?brand=CMTOnline&category=newsbiggles&tBrand=herts24&tCategory=newscomnew&itemid=WEED01%20Jun%202006%2013%3A32%3A03%3A727]
Sandy was originally a Roman settlement and was probably an important trading centre and staging post in the Roman era. An ancient hill fort, now heavily wooded and known as "Caesar's Camp", still overlooks the town.
Sandy is mentioned in the
Domesday Book, where it is referred to as "Sandeia" ("Sandeia: Eudo FitzHubert. 2 mills"). This is a derivation from the Old English "Sandieg", meaning a sand-island.
Sandy is governed by three tiers of local government: the
town council, the district council of Mid Bedfordshireand the county council of Bedfordshire. It is within the Parliamentary constituency of North East Bedfordshire.
Sandy is situated on the A1 which hugs the western edge of the town. The A603 leads west towards
Bedford; the B1042 leads east towards Pottonand Cambridge. There are a number of bus routes, principally the M3 from Biggleswade to Bedford and the more local East Beds Dart services which serve the Biggleswade and Sandy area.
Sandy has a railway station which is on the
East Coast Main Line. Services north to Peterboroughand south to London King's Cross are provided by First Capital Connect.
Varsity Line, which connected Oxfordto Cambridge, also ran through Sandy. From Bedford to Cambridge, the line is now converted to the NCR 51cycle route.
Sandy has been twinned with the town of
Malaunayin France since 1982, as a result of which the Sandy Twinning Association was also established. The Association has recently developed links with the town of Skarszewyin Poland.
* [http://www.sandy-bedfordshire.co.uk Community]
* [http://www.sandytown.com Town council]
* [http://www.sandywx.co.uk Sandy Weather]
* [http://www.towntwinning.org.uk/ Sandy Twinning Association]
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