All Saints church, Southill, (c) Bikeboy
All Saints Church, Southill, (c) Bikeboy

The village of Southill is situated some 5 miles from Biggleswade, which lies on the River Ivel. Several fine thatched cottages grace the village, though most date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Southill Park is a Regency mansion set in 800 acres, including landscaped grounds by Capability Brown. The house has been home to the Whitbread family of brewing fame for the last 200 years.

The clerestory and roof of All Saints church at Southill date from 1814, but the body of the church was built in the 14th and 15th century (the earliest part of the structure dates to 1225).

In a vault next to the church is the tomb of Admiral Sir John Byng, who was blamed for failing to recapture Minorca from the French in 1757 and was punished by being executed on the deck of his own ship.

Bedfordshire Countryside

About Southill
Address: Southill, Bedfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location map
OS: TL150 419
Photo Credit: Bikeboy, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence


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