infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 52.006976
longitude= -0.265355
official_name= Arlesey
population = 5,440 (2005 est) [cite web | publisher=Bedfordshire County Council | url= | title= Population Estimates and Forecasts - Table 5.6 - Towns and parishes in East Mid Bedfordshire | accessdate=2008-02-11]
shire_district= Mid Bedfordshire
shire_county = Bedfordshire
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= North East Bedfordshire
post_town= ARLESEY
postcode_district= SG15
dial_code= 01462
euro= South East England
os_grid_reference= TL190357

Arlesey is a small industrial town and civil parish in the district of Mid Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire. It is located on the border with Hertfordshire, about three miles north-west of Letchworth Garden City, four miles north of Hitchin and six miles south of Biggleswade. Arlesey railway station provides train services to London, Peterborough, York and Edinburgh. Arlesey Town Football Club and Arlesey Athletic Football Club have their grounds to the south of the town.

The Domesday book mentions Arlesey as a market town and the longest town in Britain [cite web | publisher=Wikimaps | url= | title= Arlesey Town, renonound for being the longest town in Britain | accessdate=2008-02-20] , currently noted for having the longest highstreet in Britain [cite web | publisher=Mid Bedfordshire district council | url= | title= Mid Bedfordshire Town Centres | accessdate=2008-02-20] .

St Peters Church, situated in the Church End part of the town, was built in the 11th century by the monks of Waltham Abbey. Arlesey is also the site of Etonbury Castle, of which little traces remain.

Arlesey Old Moat and Glebe Meadows nature reserves are just north of the town.

Major employers in Arlesey used to be the Fairfield Hospital (now re-developed as housing) and the former brickworks (producers of the Arlesey Whites bricks seen in many local buildings). Some of the clay pits used by the brickworks are now lakes and there are also two disused Portland Cement Company chalk pits, one of which is the Blue Lagoon, which hosts fishing and sailing clubs. Although the lake is private, large numbers of people go there to swim. There have been a number of drownings that have been reported in the national news. In 2001 three children died when the car they were in was accidentally driven into the lake. [cite web | publisher=Bedford Today | url= | title= Lagoon plunge driver is charged | accessdate=2008-02-11] Most recently a teenager drowned while swimming in April 2007. [cite web | publisher=BBC News | url= | title= Drowned teenager named by police | accessdate=2008-02-11]

Gothic Mede Lower School has around 200 pupils aged 5 to 9. Younger children can attend the adjoining Arlesey Nursery School.

The Arlesey Bomb fishing weight was developed in the town.

Famous people from Arlesey

* Roland Legate - former professional footballer - Luton Town F.C. - 1950s/60's
* Bill Kitchener - former professional footballer - West Ham United F.C., Torquay United F.C. - 1960s/70's
* Pat Kruse - former professional footballer - Leicester City F.C., Torquay United F.C., Brentford F.C. - 1960s/70's
* Scott Houghton - former professional footballer - Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Luton Town F.C., Peterborough United F.C., etc. - 1980s/90's
* David Kitson - professional footballer - Cambridge United F.C., Reading F.C., - 2002/2007+

Local Links

* [ Arlesey Town Council] Local resources
* [ War Memorial] Details of those soldiers listed
* [ Arlesey on Placeopedia] See nearby places with Wikipedia articles
* [ Arlesey] on OpenStreetMap
* [ 1st Arlesey Scouts]


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