At the very heart of this
surprisingly important village lies a green
edged by cottages built by the famous prison
reformer John Howard. He lived in a Georgian
house on the green while another famous ‘son’
of the village, brewery founder Samuel
Whitbread (1720-96), was born close by at
The village is overshadowed by two great airship hangars in which the ill-fated R101 was built. In 1930 this colossal airship crashed in France, killing 48 people. They are buried in Cardington’s churchyard. The church itself has another unusual claim to fame – it contains one of only two Wedgwood black basalt fonts to be found in England.