Sandy is a town of approximately 12,000 inhabitants and is situated about 8 miles from Bedford in the administrative region of Mid Bedfordshire. The history of Sandy goes back to Roman times when it was an important crossroads and trading centre. It was around this time that Sandy started to develop as an agricultural centre which was it's main industry until recently and with the introduction of the railways became one of the major suppliers of market garden produce to the London markets. Recent years have seen a decline in the market garden business but a growth in other types of industry and Sandy has also become a commuter centre for London and other major towns on that route.
The existence of Sandy is mentioned in the Domesday Book and formed part of the Kingdom of Mercia. The Manor of Sandy mentioned in the Domesday Book was rebuiilt circa 17th century and is now Sandye Place, currently the site of a Middle School. The Lodge just on the edge of Sandy which is now the intermational headquarters of the RSPB was built by a son of Sir Robert Peel, former Prime Minister and founder of the Police Force.
We have a fine "Town Hall" which was never actually used as a town hall and is now the "Roundabout Club". There is a substantial exhibition of Roman Sandy life and artifacts in the current Town Council Offices in Cambridge Road, which can be viewed during normal office hours, or out of hours by appointment.
One of the new roads in Sandy has been named Malaunay Place (Place de Malaunay) in honour of our French Twin Town and has dual street signs in both English and French styles.
Sandy has a strong sporting tradition with many sports clubs, an all weather football and hockey pitch which has also been enjoyed by members of both our link towns and recently an all weather athletics track was opened.
In 2007 we celebrate 25 years of twinning with Malaunay.
For further information on Sandy please click on the following links.
"The Sandy Community website. for information on various clubs, societies and activities within the Sandy area
Sandy Town Council The Sandy Town Council official website also contains some interesting material on Roman Sandy as well as the normal council matters.
The Sandy Historical Research Group The web site of the Sandy Historical Research Group
About my Area - SG19 A website devoted to the Sandy Postcode area. There are a few articles within this site of specific interest to the Town Twinning and to the Education Community which have (with the permission of the site owners and authors been reproduced within this site. Two can be found in links on our Skarszewy page and the other two within the Articles section.