Pictures of England Pictures of England

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England

Over 150,000 photos of England
22,000+ members
Click here to join the community

Pictures of Willington

a Picturesque Village in the county of Bedfordshire

Willington Dovecote, built during the 16th century. Willington, Bedfordshire.
Take a picture tour of Willington..

About Willington

Willington lies on the south east outskirts of Bedford, it is most notable for its Dovecote, an oblong structure with nesting chambers and several stepped gables. Its stables are also interesting, both are set in a complex of majestic Tudor farm buildings, and belong to the National Trust.

They form part of the Manor House, of which only minor buildings remain, this once belonged to Sir John Gostwick, Master of the Horse to Cardinal Wolsey. Sir John is said to have entertained Henry VII at the manor.

Also on site is nesting for Barn Owls and Kestrels, and allegedly there is a graffiti signature thought to belong to John Bunyan.

Although in the hands of the National Trust, this site is open by prior appointment only.

Visitors to the area will enjoy seeing the Church of St. Lawrence, this is built of bluff stone and is mainly late Perpendicular. It has a fine north chapel of the early 16th-century which was built by Sir John Gostwick and there is a chest-tomb to him bearing the date 1541. There are further interesting monuments to the Gostwick family and many other church treasures.

Willington is within easy distance of Bedford, a large town with plenty to interest and entertain including a museum recalling the heritage and history of the region.

Planning a visit to Willington?
Please support the Pictures of England website by booking your Willington hotels & accommodation through this site.

Add town to favourites

Nearby towns & villages..

This is a photo I took in Bedford in June 2003 at St Peter's Church

Bedford (71 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Bedfordshire

(3.6 miles, 5.8 km, direction W of Willington)

Bedford is the historic County town of Bedfordshire with a beautiful riverside setting on the great River Ouse. John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's has strong associations with this town...

Old Warden, Bedfordshire

Old Warden (23 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Bedfordshire

(4.5 miles, 7.3 km, direction S of Willington)

Old Warden is a sleepy Bedfordshire village with pretty honey-coloured thatched cottages and a wealth of other interesting buildings...

A picture of the remains of Houghton house, in Ampthill, Bedfordshire

Ampthill (12 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Bedfordshire

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction SW of Willington)

The lovely town of Ampthill lies sheltered by hills in the sandstone belt of Bedfordshire...

Church near Ashwell

Ashwell (30 Pictures)

in the county of Hertfordshire

(11.6 miles, 18.7 km, direction SE of Willington)

Ashwell embodies some of the finest domestic architecture in England, here in this well preserved village, at a glance you get a pleasurable insight as to what England was like in the 16th and 17th-centuries...

Baldock High St, Hertfordshire

Baldock (5 Pictures)

in the county of Hertfordshire

(13.1 miles, 21.1 km, direction SE of Willington)

The town lies close to the River Beane, in a spot where the river flows through some lovely water meadows and tranquil English countryside...

All towns in Bedfordshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Nearby attractions..

DH 89A Dragon Rapide Old Warden (pleasure flights)

The Shuttleworth Collection (48 Pictures)

(4.1 miles, 6.7 km, direction SE)

The Shuttleworth Collection - a unique flying collection showcasing the first one hundred years of flight. This unique collection.....

Shuttleworth House, Old Warden, Bedfordshire

Shuttleworth House (3 Pictures)

(4.1 miles, 6.7 km, direction SE)

coming soon email: collection@shuttleworth.org http://www.shuttleworthcollection.co.uk/..

The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire - September 2005

The Swiss Garden (29 Pictures)

(4.4 miles, 7.0 km, direction SE)

These glorious gardens, laid out in the early part of the 19th century, fully embrace the romanticism of the era. The fashion at.....

Sunset in April at Rowney Warren, Nr Chicksands, Shefford, Beds

Rowney Warren (1 Pictures)

(6.4 miles, 10.3 km, direction S)

Rowney Warren is a lively woodland managed jointly by the Southill Estate and the Forestry Commission. The wood is predominantly.....

Cainhoe Castle, Clophill, Bedfordshire.

Cainhoe Castle (2 Pictures)

(8.0 miles, 12.9 km, direction S)

The remains of a late 11th or early 12th century motte and bailey castle with three baileys. Cainhoe castle was probably occupied.....

side picture of the remains of Houghton House, Bedfordshire

Houghton House (24 Pictures)

(8.2 miles, 13.1 km, direction SW)

Houghton House is a 3 story stately home built by Lady Pembroke in 1621. Houghton is reputedly the model for "House Beautiful" in.....

Spurge in the Gardens of Wrest Park

Wrest Park House and Gardens (40 Pictures)

(9.2 miles, 14.9 km, direction S)

Wrest Park House was once the home of the de Grey family whose Mausoleum is at nearby Flitton. The gardens form a charming.....


All attractions in Willington
All attractions in Bedfordshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels & Accommodation in Willington

Willington Hotels  Willington Cottages  Willington Bed & Breakfast

The Pippins in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England

The Pippins

Sandy, Bedfordshire, England (3.1 miles, 4.9 km, direction SE)
Offering a barbecue and terrace, The Pippins is located in Sandy in the Bedfordshire Region. Cambridge is 32 km away. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available...
More info and book online..  Price from £85.00

Heron House by Claire Walton Property in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

Heron House by Claire Walton Property

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction W)
Featuring free WiFi, Heron House by Claire Walton Property offers accommodation in Bedford. Bedford Hospital South Wing is 1.5 km away. Free private parking is available on site. All units feature a ...
More info and book online..  Price from £135.00

Highfield Farm in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England5 stars

Highfield Farm

Sandy, Bedfordshire, England (3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction E)
A working arable farm of 300 acres, the award-winning Highfield Farm near Sandy offers bed and breakfast with a 5-star rating from Visit England. Just off the A1, this Bedfordshire farm provides a hig...
More info and book online..  Price from £60.00

Serviced Apartment Park Avenue in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

Serviced Apartment Park Avenue

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (3.6 miles, 5.8 km, direction W)
Situated in Bedford, this apartment features a patio. The property is 2.1 km from Bedford Hospital South Wing and free private parking is offered. Free WiFi is available throughout the property....
More info and book online..  Price from £150.00

The Mill Hotel in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

The Mill Hotel

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (3.6 miles, 5.9 km, direction W)
This family-run pub and inn is situated in Bedford city centre, within 5 minutes’ walk of the picturesque embankment and the cultural Castle Quarter....
More info and book online..  Price from £37.00

Castle Quay Apartments in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

Castle Quay Apartments

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (3.7 miles, 5.9 km, direction W)
Set in central Bedford, these modern apartments are only a few minutes’ walk from the Embankment. Free Wi-Fi is included and there is a choice of restaurants and cafes in the area....
More info and book online..  Price from £120.00

The Heights Apartment in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England

The Heights Apartment

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (3.7 miles, 6.0 km, direction W)
The Heights Apartment is a self-catering accommodation located in Bedford. It offers complimentary gym use, free parking and WiFi. The Heights Apartment features city views, and is accessed by a lift...
More info and book online..  Price from £95.00


All Accommodation in Willington..

Willington Reviews

See all Willington reviews..

Please login to make a review

Nearby travel help

Bedford St. Johns Station(3.8 miles, 6.1 km, direction W)
Bedford Station(4.2 miles, 6.7 km, direction W)
A1(M) Junction 10(11.6 miles, 18.7 km, direction SE)
M1 Junction 13(12.4 miles, 20.0 km, direction SW)
London Luton Airport(18.3 miles, 29.4 km, direction S)
Cambridge Airport(24.0 miles, 38.6 km, direction E)
Willington to London(44.9 miles, 72.3 km, direction S)