Ridgmont is a mid-Bedfordshire village with a population of just under 400 people living in about 165 dwellings. The village is located to the west of Ampthill, near junction 13 of the M1 motorway. It is situated on the Greensands Ridge within the South Bedfordshire Green Belt. The main village is designated as a Conservation Area.
Ridgmont is typical of villages in the area around the Duke of Bedford’s Woburn Estate with its large number of gabled red brick houses and its rich network of public footpaths crossing the surrounding countryside, including the Green Sand Ridge Walk and John Bunyan Trail. Woburn Abbey lies four km south of the village; Woburn Park lies partly within the Parish.
Ridgmont has a fine Victorian church designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and built by the then Duke of Bedford in 1854. The beautiful church spire dominates the landscape for miles around. The Old Vicarage, situated opposite the church, was the birthplace of the Countess of Strathmore, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.
To the east of the village are the remains of the original eleventh century village church at Segenhoe, which, while now roofless and a ruin, is still a picturesque part of the village. The graveyard here is still in use. The old church has been scheduled as an ancient monument.
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