The village of Great Barford is situated on the river Great Ouse, to the east of Bedford, in rural Bedfordshire.
It has a population of around 2000 and is twinned with Wollstein in Germany.
Mentioned in the Doomsday book, Great Barford was an important site, probably as a means of crossing the river, the area of the original ford was dug up in 1973 and a bridge has been here since at least the 15th century. Today the bridge, with its seventeen arches, spans the Great Ouse and acts as a gateway to this lovely village.
Once over the bridge, visitors are greeted by Great Barford’s All Saints Church with its 15th century tower, and one of the village’s pubs, The Anchor.
The Anchor Inn is a great place to eat or just sit outside and enjoy the view with a pint of local ale.
Over the road from The Anchor is the village green, a beautiful spot to sit and watch the many boats that pass through Great Barford during the summer months.
Moving north up the High street, you pass many interesting buildings some of them listed, and will soon find the village shop and post office. Here you can buy most of the essential items you would expect from a local shop, and more!
At the crossroads you come to Green End Road leading to the village hall, with seating for 160 people, large car park and large open playing fields.
Also at the crossroads is Great Barford’s second pub, The Golden Cross.
Here you can enjoy good beer and excellent Chinese food.
Great Barford boasts two excellent schools, Alban Academy and Great Barford Lower School, which also has a nursery class. Close to the schools is a Doctors surgery serving the village and surrounding area.
Great Barford has benefited from the opening of it’s long awaited By-pass which has made it a safer and quieter place to live and visit.