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Buntingford is a small market town and civil parish in the district of East Hertfordshire and county of Hertfordshire in England. It lies on the River Rib and on the Roman road Ermine Street. As a result of its location, it grew mainly as a staging post with many coaching inns and has an 18th-century one-cell prison known as The Cage, by the ford at the end of Church Street. It has a population of 4,820. The town also has an annual firework display at The Bury, presented by Buntingford Town Football Club. It is Hertfordshire's smallest town.
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The Prime Meridian passes to the east of Buntingford.
The town has many Georgian and medieval buildings, such as Buntingford almshouses, Buntingford Manor House and the Red House. Buntingford was a stop-over on what was the main route between London and Cambridge, now the A10. Due to its desirability as a commuter town in recent years,[when?] the town has grown considerably in the past few decades,[when?] the most noticeable recent addition being the "Bovis Estate" (c. 1990), informally named after the housing firm that constructed there; its main road is Luynes Rise, named due to the town's twinning with Luynes (near Tours) in France. Other housing estates are: Freman Drive, Vicarage Road, Snells Mead, Downhall Ley, Monks Walk, and Kingfisher Park. Recently, the town has grown further with further new developments, notably: The Village, Meadow Vale, Knights Walk & The Maples. The population of Buntingford is expected to rise by 1,500 to 6,500 inhabitants by 2021, marking the largest period of development since the 1960s when the former Sainsbury's depot site was constructed and housing estates to support new workers were constructed.
Buntingford was traditionally located within the parish of Layston – St Bartholomew's Church (Layston) is now derelict and lies about half a mile to the north-east of the town. St Peter's Church, formerly a relief chapel, is the Anglican church in Buntingford and is an almost unique brick building from the age of the 17th-century Puritans. St Richard's serves the Roman Catholic community. There is also a United Reformed Church in Baldock Road. Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Buntingford in a building now called the Bell House Gallery, on a coach journey to Cambridge. Just up the High Street, The Angel Inn, now a dental surgery, was a staging post for coaches travelling from London to Cambridge.
Market day is Monday, and early closing Wednesday. The Buntingford Carnival is held every other year. There is also a classic car event held in the town each year, on the first Saturday in September.
The town has a number of public houses – The Brambles (formerly The Chequers), The Fox and Duck, The Black Bull, The Crown and The Jolly Sailors.
The 'World Sausage Tossing Championship' has taken place at The Countryman Inn, in Chipping near Buntingford, every August since 2014.
Buntingford is home to various independent shops, restaurants and pubs mainly located in the town's high street. Buntingford has a Co-op food supermarket and a Sainsbury's local. Just outside the town are two BP fuel stations at each end of the bypass. The town was previously home to the Sainsbury's Anglia Distribution Centre, but this was vacated and eventually knocked down for housing in 2014. The site had previously been used as a Royal Army Ordnance Corps munitions factory, known locally as "the Dump".
Buntingford uses a three-tier school system. There are four schools in Buntingford:
- Freman College (an Upper School and Sixth Form), Bowling Green Lane, Buntingford, SG9 9BT. Formerly known as Ward Freman Upper School.
- Edwinstree C of E Middle School, has some 450 pupils in four year-groups and 16 classes, Norfolk Road, Buntingford, SG9 9AW.
- Layston First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a small nursery.
- Milfield First School, has about 150 pupils in five year-groups and a small nursery.
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