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Other goods which have been made in Biggleswade include Berkeley Caravans and Sportscars, who had a factory in the town, which was later used by Kayser Bondor[citation needed] who made ladies' underwear and stockings in the town until the mid-1990s[citation needed]. The factory was demolished and is now a housing estate[citation needed], with roads named Berkeley Close and Kayser Court after the businesses that used the factory[citation needed].

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In 1132, Henry I granted the manor of Biggleswade to Bishop Alexander – Alexander the Magnificent – of Lincoln to help endow Lincoln Cathedral. The town was granted a charter to hold a market during the reign of King John (1196–1216) – a market is still held in the market place in the centre of the town every Saturday. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. Biggleswade Castle existed in earlier times, as did a manor at Stratton Park Moated Enclosure.

A much larger employer in the town was Cincinnati Milacron who had a large site between Dells Lane and the Railway[citation needed], the demolition of this factory took place in the mid-1980s and it now forms the 'Poets' estate (Tennyson Ave etc.)[citation needed].

Biggleswade is mentioned on the TV Series Monty Python's Flying Circus during the famous Piranha Brothers Sketch[18]

Biggleswade Cricket Club provides teams for all ages including youth teams. The club's adult teams compete in league cricket on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season.

Biggleswade Swimming Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006. It now uses the new indoor Saxon Pool and Leisure Centre,[15] which underwent expansion in 2015 to add a new sports hall to the back of the complex. There is also a small skatepark located behind the complex, next to the local park.

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Biggleswade is also the base of the Jordan's cereals business[14] who produce their own brand of breakfast Muesli, Country Crisp and Crunchy Oats and Frusli cereal bars which are sold across Europe as well as in Canada. There used to be a Felix cat food factory located on Potton Road[citation needed]. However, this moved away in 1970[citation needed]. There also used to be a glass bottle factory on Brunts Lane which was destroyed by fire in 2000[citation needed].

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Biggleswade Rugby Club plays in the Midlands 3 East (South) league, and has 3 senior sides alongside active Mini and Youth sides from under 7 to 17 years.

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The Great Northern Railway opened in 1850, and Biggleswade was for a time the first and only town in Bedfordshire to have a mainline station.[citation needed] Later it was one of three towns in the county to have one (on the East Coast Main Line), along with Bedford and Dunstable.

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The Swiss Garden in Old Warden Park was created in the early 19th century, and charges a fee for entry. Over time, the gardens have seen additions by the Shuttleworth family, including major renovations in 2013/14. It is promoted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.[16]

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Biggleswade is a market town and civil parish located on the River Ivel in Bedfordshire, England. It has grown in population by nearly 10% over the past decade,[citation needed] primarily due to good transport links, being situated along the A1 road between London and the North, as well as having a railway station on the main rail link North from London (the East Coast Main Line). New housing developments mean that expansion is predicted to continue into the foreseeable future[citation needed].

The town is mentioned twice in the diaries of Samuel Pepys. On 22 July 1661, Pepys stopped off in Biggleswade (called 'Bigglesworth' by Pepys) to buy a pair of warm woollen stockings. John Byng, 5th Viscount Torrington often refers to the town and the Sun Inn. There are six churches in Biggleswade, which are represented by the umbrella organisation Churches Together in Biggleswade.[17]

Nearby is the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aeroplanes, sometimes referred to as Biggleswade Airfield. The organisation also operates the Swiss Garden and a large play area on the premises.

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In 1966, a full-sized replica of FAB 1, based on a Chinese six-wheel (four front, two back) Bedford Duple Vega coach chassis, built to transport writers-producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson to the premiere of Thunderbirds Are Go in London was constructed by the company Toby Baxter Contracts in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire under Sylvia's supervision[citation needed].


Located about 40 miles (60 km) north of Central London and 20 miles (30 km) west-south-west of Cambridge, the fastest train to London, King's Cross, takes 29 minutes[citation needed], while a car journey to central Cambridge also takes about 35 minutes[citation needed]. In 2011 the population of the town was about 16,550.[1] The Biggleswade civil parish also includes the nearby hamlet of Holme, Bedfordshire.

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Lost part of the parish of Arlesey (which became part of the parish of Ickleford and the county of Hertfordshire on 13.8.1947) to Hitchin registration district.

The town was bypassed by road in 1960[citation needed].

Biggleswade, as part of Central Bedfordshire, has a three-tier schooling system with lower schools catering for ages between 5 and 9, middle schools from 9 to 13 and Stratton Upper School continuing education up and into Sixth Form. Two of the local schools, Stratton Upper School and Biggleswade Academy, attained Academy status in 2011.

The town was also home to the Ivel Cycle Works, founded by Dan Albone[citation needed]. This factory ultimately produced bicycles, motorbikes and light tractors[citation needed]. It went into receivership in 1920[citation needed][citation needed].

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The town had a large brewery in the town centre for many decades[citation needed]; its last owners were Greene King but it closed down in October 1997 and the site is now occupied by an Asda supermarket.

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