The Prince of Wales now boasts a delightful restaurant, a first class chef, a unique wine list and a sophisticated bar offering stylish fine dining and bar food alongside exciting drinks and cocktails. Whether it's a meal for two or a group dinner, the Prince of Wales is a welcoming place to dine.
Ampthill has a high concentration of public amenities, including schools, doctors surgeries, a fire and ambulance station.
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The Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through the lower end of the town.
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The name 'Ampthill' is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The first settlement was called 'Aemethyll', which literally means either 'ant-heap' or 'ant infested hill'. In the Domesday Book, Ampthill is referred to as 'Ammetelle', with the landholder in 1086 being Nigel de la Vast. The actual entry reads: Ammetelle: Nigel de la Vast from Nigel d'Aubigny. A further variation may be 'Hampthull', in 1381.
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Ampthill Park was the burial place for the golden hare in the Kit Williams treasure hunt Masquerade.
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In 1242, King Henry III confirmed the right to hold a market on Thursdays. These continue more than 750 years later.
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Ampthill is host to a live rock music event 'AmpRocks'; acts such as Razorlight and Toploader have performed. It is held in Ampthill Park where a temporary soundstage is erected to entertain thousands of local residents.
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Woburn is a delightful country village with a mix of architecture ranging from Elizabeth to Victorian. It has excellent art and antique galleries.
Ampthill is a small town and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, between Bedford and Luton, with a population of about 7,500. It is administered by Central Bedfordshire Council. A regular market has taken place on Thursdays for centuries.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ampthill". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Woburn Abbey and its adjoining animal safari park offer the whole family an interesting and entertaining day in a beautiful setting. For the golfer Woburn Golf and Country Club, home of the Dunhill Masters tournament, has two of the finest courses in the country.
On the death of Lord Upper Ossory in 1818, Ampthill Park became the seat of Lord Holland in whose time Holland House in Kensington, London, became famous as a gathering place for intellectuals.
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Ampthill is a commercial centre for surrounding villages; it has several pubs, restaurants, a Waitrose supermarket and a selection of small independent specialist shops. A number of small businesses such as solicitors, estate agents, financial services, hairdressers, music schools and a bookshop are also located in town, with larger businesses found on the commercial and industrial developments on the outskirts, along the town's bypass.
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The Prince of Wales is a traditional red brick town inn, where the emphasis is on hospitality - from the welcoming ambience and the attentive service to the quality of the eating experience. Lovingly refurbished, The Prince of Wales delights with its individually designed surroundings and consideration to detail.
Benjamin Davies, the famous 1500m runner, residents here with his family.
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The Bedfordshire Railway & Transport Association is campaigning for the reopening of Ampthill railway station which closed in 1959.
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There is a Center Parcs site at Warren Wood to the west of Ampthill.
Brian Clemens OBE, screenwriter and producer of many famous action/adventure TV series including 'The Avengers' and 'The Professionals' lived at Park Farm until his death in January 2015. One episode of the Avengers - 'Noon Doomsday' was filmed there in July 1968.
Henry VIII was a frequent visitor to Ampthill Castle, and it was there that Catherine of Aragon lived from 1531 until divorced in 1533, when she was moved to Kimbolton. The castle was built in the 15C by Sir John Cornwall, later Lord Fanhope, from ransoms after the Battle of Agincourt. Although the Castle is now gone, some intriguing indications of castle life remain- such as the local ponds (Westminster pond being one) allegedly built to supply the castle with regular supplies of fish.
Notable 20th-century architect Sir Albert Richardson lived in Ampthill from 1919 until his death in 1964 at Avenue House, 20 Church Street. Among his last projects was the building that housed Mid Bedfordshire District Council (formerly the Ampthill Rural District Council offices) until August 2006, at 12 Dunstable Street (1963–1965).
Recent years have witnessed substantial development in Ampthill and the surrounding area. The Bedford Street area was substantially redeveloped in 2006/2007, with the demolition of a Shell petrol station, shopping arcade and small Budgens supermarket, to make way for a new Waitrose supermarket, an improved town car park and a development of shops and apartments known as Oxlet House. The supermarket opened on 29 September 2006, with Oxlet house being completed in late 2007.
In the mid-1780s, John Fitzpatrick, the 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory, led a campaign to improve the town centre. He created the current market place, erected the water pump and built a new clock tower. Lord Upper Ossory was also responsible for a cross commemorating Catherine of Aragon, with an inscription by Horace Walpole, and a row of thatched cottages built between 1812 and 1816 to house his estate workers.
Fresh flowers, new oak and flagstone flooring throughout combine to make the perfect setting to relax over coffee or drinks, have lunch or dinner, or enjoy al fresco dining in the garden.
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The city of Milton Keynes is close by with its exciting shopping mall and ten screen cinema complex and fast trains connect to London just an hour away. If you wish to drive the M1 motorway is but two miles distant.