Podington is a village and civil parish in northwest Bedfordshire. The village is within the electoral ward of Harrold in the Borough of Bedford. Podington lies around 16 km (9.9 miles) northwest of Bedford and is about 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the county border with Northamptonshire.
Podington is a small picturesque rural village; many of its buildings are stone cottages dating from the 18th century and some even earlier.
Located around 3 km (1.9 mi) southeast of the village are RAF Podington and Santa Pod Raceway. Hinwick House is found at a crossroads under 1 km (0.62 mi) south of the village. Nearby there is a popular paintballing site and Podington Garden Centre can be found in the High Street.
Podington Castle, sometimes known as Puddington Manor Farm, was an 11th-century castle in the civil parish of Podington. It was a Motte and triple bailey castle, surrounded by a moat and mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being owned by Hugh the Fleming. The castle was in ruins prior to the early part of the 17th century, when a new Podington Manor, now referred to as "Old Podington Manor", had been built just forward of its location. The new Podington manor became a farmhouse in 1694, when the owners moved their residence elsewhere. The extensive earthworks remains of the castle can still be located on the mound, in the field at the back of Old Podington Manor. Building foundations were still visible as of 1972.
Less than 1.5 km (0.93 mi) to the south is the hamlet of Hinwick; the closest nearby villages between 1.5 and 3 km (1 and 2 miles) away include Farndish to the northwest and Wymington to the northeast. Nearby larger settlements include Rushden to the north, Irchester to the northwest and Wollaston to the west, all around 5 km (3.1 mi) away. Wellingborough, which is 7 km (4.3 mi) northwest of Podington, is the village's post town.
Wellingborough Train Station is only a few miles away offering an easy commute into London St Pancras International in just over an hour. Bedford Train Station is also within reach at just under 40 minutes down the A6. Not forgetting Northampton Train Station, at just over 25 minutes down the A45, Northampton links to a large variety of destinations across the country.
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