Thinking of moving to Pavenham? Here is some information on the Village

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Pavenham is a small village and civil parish on the River Great Ouse in the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England, about 6 miles (10 km) north-west of Bedford. Village amenities consist of St Peter’s Church, a pub, Village hall, tennis Club, and golf club. The village is home to many clubs and societies including an active WI.

Time Line

1205:Church first mentioned as a chapel or daughter church to Felmersham

13th Century: Church exists only as a nave and chancel

14th Century:The tower, spire and the chapel north of the chancel added to the Church

15th Century: North aisle and south transept (a chapel) added to the Church

1578: Churchwardens report Trinity College for letting the Church fall into disrepair

1665: The year that the Pavenham Old Yew Tree believed to have been planted, the year of the Great Plague

1770:Pavenham Enclosure Act

1798:Workhouse first mentioned

1813: Water Mill closed

1827:Sunday School Started

1853: Church of England School opened, provided by Squire Tucker

1857: Wesleyan Chapel built

1877: Vicarage built, designed by Bedford architect John Usher

1888: Cricket Club Founded

1920: War memorial unveiled

1935: Electricity came to the village

1938: The Cock Inn substantially rebuilt

1955: Roof to the nave of the Church replaced

1959: Village Hall re-opened after improvements made

1960: Pavenham Bury demolished

1961: The Old Yew Tree transplanted 15 feet from its original position as part of a road improvement scheme

1965: Pavenham Women’s Institute plant oak in the playing fields to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Women’s Institute

1967: Pavenham Sports Pavilion Opened – built by local builder Charles Cartlidge.

1972: Vicarage demolished

1980: New Village Hall opened

1983: Village school closed


Pavenham is the origin village of Pavenham Football Club, established in 2010. The club was promoted to Bedfordshire County Football Premier Division after their 3rd successive promotion.