UK Travel Guide



Oakley in Bedfordshire

Four miles north of Bedford, the village of Oakley possesses a history dating back to pre-medieval time. The first excavated artifact from the area is an arrowhead engraved with the word “OAK,” hence the name of the town. The Parish Church continues to stand since the eleventh century when it had replaced the old Saxon church. Lying on the banks of the river Ouse, historic Oakley had a population of fewer than five hundred until the 1960’s when a local landowner developed the town center boosting the population of the village to more than 2,500 people.