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Cardington Town Information

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Airship Hangars at Cardington - Photo © Amanda Kerr-Munslow
Airship Hangars at Cardington
Photo: Amanda Kerr-Munslow CCL

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 Maltings Farm.

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.