Area Information for Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP

Chester Road in Bedford is in the Eastern region of England. The postcode is within the Queens Park ward/electoral division, which is in the constituency of Bedford. This page combines information for the address Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP, and the neighbourhood in which it resides. If you wish, you can also view information for the whole of MK40 here. For more details on the exact area these statistics cover, please see the map below and click "Show Census Area Covered" immediately below the map.

For information about recent house sales in this postcode, please view our property sales page for MK40 4HP.

Basic Information

Area Type Urban
Local Authority Bedford
Ward Queens Park
Constituency Bedford
Region Eastern
Country England

Nearby Locations

Our information is available for almost all UK postcodes. Why not take a look at some of these other postcodes in the immediate vicinity of Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP:

Carlisle Road, Bedford, MK40 4HS
Oldfield Road, Bedford, MK40 4HF
Boyde Gardens, Bedford, MK40 4PT
Carlisle Road, Bedford, MK40 4HR
Old Ford End Road, Bedford, MK40 4LY
Carlisle Road, Bedford, MK40 4HU

Alternatively, click here to view demographic information about MK40 as a whole.

About the Demographic Information

The information on housing, people, culture, employment and education that is displayed about Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP is based on the last census performed in the UK in 2011. They are performed once every 10 years. Please note: census information may include figures for adjacent streets and postcodes. The figures are therefore representative of the local area, not a specific street address or row of houses. The census collection is designed so that each group of postcodes should contain at least 100 people (50 in Scotland). This is done to preserve the anonymity of the people in that area, as some postcodes cover a very small area, sometimes a single building. You can see the area covered by the census statistics by clicking "Show Census Area Covered" below the map above.

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House Prices

We have found 18 property sales in Chester Road since the beginning of 1995.

Our data comes directly from the Land Registry, and is updated monthly. It does not include commercial sales, or sales of land without property.

Housing Types Embed This

The area containing Chester Road, Bedford consists predominantly of flats, which is common in inner cities, student neighbourhoods and poorer suburban settings. Please note that the figures may include adjacent streets - see the Summary tab for an explanation and map of the area that these figures cover.

Housing Types
Detached 11
Semi-Detached 21
Terraced 30
Flat (Purpose-Built) 61
Flat (Converted) 6
Total 129
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Housing Tenure Embed This Back to Top

The area containing Chester Road, Bedford contains a higher than average level of social housing - 63% of household spaces. This contrasts with the national average of just over 18%.

Housing Tenure
Owned Outright 10
Owned with Mortgage 12
Shared Ownership 1
Rented: From Council 10
Rented: Other Social inc. charities and housing associations 66
Rented: Private Landlord inc. letting agents 10
Rented: Other 1
Rent Free 10
Total 120

Housing Occupancy Embed This Back to Top

This data lists the total number of residents normally resident within each household. The figures do not record under- or over-occupancy.

Housing Occupancy
One Person 40
Two People 24
Three People 16
Four People 15
Five People 8
Six People 8
Seven People 4
8+ People 5
Total 120

Social Grade Embed This

Social Grade approximations are derived from an algorithm created by the Market Research Society. The figures shown are per-household rather than individual - more specifically, the job title and employer of the "household reference person" is used, analogous to what traditionally was called the head of the household. Only household reference persons between the ages of 16-64 are included.

Social Grade
AB - Higher and intermediate managerial, administrative, or professional positions 6
C1 - Supervisory, clerical, and junior managerial/administrative/professional positions 24
C2 - Skilled manual workers 12
DE - Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers; those on state benefit/unemployed, & lowest grade workers 54
Total 96

Gender Embed This Back to Top

Across the UK as a whole, the gender split is roughly equal at 49% male, 51% female. This address in Bedford constituency is broadly in line with those figures, with 49% male.

Male 173
Female 182
Total 355

Age Groups Embed This Back to Top

The area around MK40 4HP has a very large concentration of children that are under 16 (at 28% of the resident population). This is commonly seen in suburban neighbourhoods, and sometiems in areas of high social housing.

Age Groups
0-4 31
5-7 16
8-9 13
10-14 36
15 5
16-17 18
18-19 21
20-24 29
25-29 29
30-44 70
45-59 46
60-64 14
65-74 10
75-84 12
85-89 4
90+ 1
Total 355

Relationship Status Embed This Back to Top

The postcode MK40 4HP does not show a significant deviation from the average figures for the UK. In the UK as a whole, the average figures are approximately as follows for relationship statuses: 34% single, 47% married, 3% separated, 9% divorced, 7% widowed, and 0.2% same sex.

Figures for relationship status do not include those aged under 16, or those family members aged 16-18 who are in full-time education.

Relationship Status
Single 97
Married 108
Divorced 16
Separated 9
Widowed 24
Same Sex 0
Total 254

Health Embed This Back to Top

Health in the UK is strongly tied to age as you would expect, but the affluence of a neighbourhood also has strong influence, with deprived areas often showing poorer standards of health.

Overall, the UK considers itself to be healthy - 81.1% of residents rated their health as Very Good or Good. The full breakdown is as follows for the United Kingdom: 47.1% Very Good, 34% Good, 13.3% Fair, 4.3% Bad and 1.3% Very Bad.

Very Good 156
Good 105
Fair 62
Bad 29
Very Bad 3
Total 355

Education & Qualifications Embed This Back to Top

At the time of the 2011 census, across the UK 22.9% of residents had no qualification, 13.2% had 1-4 GCSEs, 15.2% had 5+ GCSEs and 1-2 A/AS-Levels, 12.3% had 2+ A-Levels, 27.1% had a degree (or similar), and 3.6% had an apprenticeship.

The qualification levels are based on current qualification names. The former Ordinary Levels (O-Levels) and CSEs will be included in the GCSE figures. Former Higher School Certificates (HSCs) will be counted as A Levels.

Highest Qualification Level Achieved
Degree or Similar e.g. professional qualification (accountancy etc) 25
Apprenticeship 3
HNC, HND or 2+ A Levels 23
5+ GCSEs, an A-Level or 1-2 AS Levels 34
1-4 GCSEs or Equivalent 53
No GCSEs or Equivalent 91
Other 25
Total 254

Ethnic Group Embed This

Chester Road, Bedford can be considered more ethnically diverse than the UK average. As whole, the UK population claims itself as approximately 86% white, with residents of this area being 28% so.

As a country with a diverse population, the UK is home to other sizable ethnic groups, with mixed ethnicity (2.1%), Indian (2.4%) and Pakistani (1.9%) being the largest groups reported.

There is considerable division of ethnicities within the UK, with ethnically diverse addresses uncommon outside of urban areas.

Ethnic Group
White 101
Mixed Ethnicity 18
Indian 15
Pakistani 49
Bangladeshi 114
Other Asian 18
Black African 15
Black Caribbean 13
Other Black/African/Caribbean 2
Other 10
Total 355

Country of Birth Embed This Back to Top

In this area (Chester Road, Bedford), 55% of the residents were born in England, which is significantly below the English average.

At the time of the 2011 census, approximately 83.5% of the resident population of England were born in England. The other groups were 1% Welsh, 1.35% Scottish, 0.4% Northern Irish, 0.75% from the Republic of Ireland, 3.75% from other European Union countries, and 9.4% from outside of Europe, with the remainder not stated.

Country of Birth
England 195
Wales 1
Scotland 3
Northern Ireland 0
Republic of Ireland 2
European Union 29
Other 125
Total 355

Passport(s) Held Embed This Back to Top

Note that an individual may hold one or more passports. The data may include people living in adjacent addresses to MK40 4HP

Passport(s) Held
United Kingdom 248
Republic of Ireland 3
Europe (including European Union) 41
African Countries 4
Middle East or Asia 26
North America or Caribbean 6
Central America 0
South America 0
Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and nearby islands) 0
None 34

Religion Embed This Back to Top

England and Wales are primarily Christian countries, with 59.3% of residents Christian. However, a sizeable portion of the population (25.1%) claim to have no religion. Some 4.8% identify themselves as Muslim, 1.5% Hindu, 0.4% Buddhist, 0.5% Jewish, 0.8% Sikh, and 0.4% as other religions, while the remaining 7.2% did not state their religious views.

Christian 103
No Religion 27
Buddhist 0
Hindu 6
Jewish 0
Muslim 189
Sikh 10
Other Religion 1
Not Stated 19
Total 355

Economic Activity Embed This

This address within the Queens Park ward showed a higher than average concentration of student residents - 17% of the resident population. On average, around 9.2% of census respondents were students. Male residents were slightly less likely than women to be students. The figures for students include both working and full-time studying students.

Figures for economic activity do not include those aged under 16, or those family members aged 16-18 who are in full-time education. This data is therefore based on 42.4 million of the United Kingdom's 57.8 million residents. The data was correct as of the 2011 census, which was a period of depressed economic activity.

Economic Activity
Full-Time Employee 48
Part-Time Employee (defined as 30 hours or less per week) 34
Self Employed 15
Unemployed 21
Full-Time Student (with or without job) 40
Retired 16
Looking After Home or Family 33
Long-Term Sick or Disabled 17
Other 13
Total 237

Employment Industry Embed This Back to Top

This data is based on resident aged 16-74 on census day 2011, who were in employment.

Employment Industry
Manufacturing 9
Water SupplyInc. Sewage and Waste Management 1
Construction 5
RetailInc. Wholesale 7
TransportationInc. Storage and Logistics 19
Accommodation and Food 13
Information and Communication 3
Financial ServicesInc. Insurance 3
Real Estate 1
Professional, Scientific and Technical 4
Administration 4
Public Administration and Defence 4
Education 8
HealthInc. Social Work 16
OtherInc. Arts, Recreation etc. 7
Total 104

Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP is within the Queens Park and Castle policing neighbourhood, under the Bedfordshire Police force area. For non-urgent queries, contact 101. For emergency assistance, please contact 999.

Neighbourhood Team

Crime: Click here to view crimes committed near Chester Road
Neighbourhood Team Address Queens Park and Castle
Woburn Road
MK43 9AX
Force Website:

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Below are the details of the closest services to MK40 4HP. All distances are straightline distances, please consult the map of the facility to check the exact location. You can also view these details on our interactive services map for MK40 4HP.

Nearest Railway Stations

Listed here are the 15 closest railway stations to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest railway station is Bedford, approximately 0.6 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford 0.6 miles
Bedford St Johns 1.1 miles
Kempston Hardwick 2.9 miles
Stewartby 4.6 miles
Millbrook (Bedfordshire) 5.7 miles
Lidlington 6.9 miles
Ridgmont 8.6 miles
Flitwick 8.9 miles
Sandy 8.9 miles
Aspley Guise 9.8 miles
Biggleswade 11 miles
Woburn Sands 11 miles
Harlington (Bedfordshire) 12 miles
Arlesey 13 miles
St Neots 13 miles

Nearest Primary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest primary schools to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is St Joseph's and St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, approximately 220 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
St Joseph's and St Gregory's Catholic Primary School 220 yards
Westfield Primary School 250 yards
Queen's Park Academy 290 yards
Great Denham Primary School 0.7 miles
Great Ouse Primary Academy 0.8 miles  
St James' Church of England VA Primary School 0.8 miles
Priory Primary School 0.8 miles
Cauldwell School 0.9 miles
Livingstone Primary School 1 mile
Bedford Road Primary School 1 mile

Nearest Secondary Schools

Listed here are the 10 closest secondary schools to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is Biddenham International School and Sports College, approximately 610 yards away.

Name Approximate Distance* Ofsted Rating
Biddenham International School and Sports College 610 yards
Bedford Free School 1.1 miles
Daubeney Academy 1.4 miles
Kempston Challenger Academy 1.8 miles
Castle Newnham School 1.9 miles
Bedford Academy 1.9 miles
Goldington Academy 2.2 miles
St Thomas More Catholic School 2.3 miles
Lincroft Academy 2.8 miles
Mark Rutherford School 3 miles

Nearest Doctor's Surgeries/GP Practices

Listed here are the 10 closest GPs (General Practitioners) to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is Queens Park Surgery, approximately 120 yards away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Nearest Dentists

Listed here are the 10 closest dentists to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is Queens Park Health Centre Dental Department, approximately 120 yards away. Please consult the NHS Choices website to check if the facility is currently accepting new NHS patients.

Nearest Hospitals

Listed here are the 4 closest hospitals to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is Bedford Hospital South Wing, approximately 0.9 miles away.

Name Approximate Distance*
Bedford Hospital South Wing 0.9 miles
BMI The Manor Hospital 1 mile
Bedford Hospital North Wing 1.4 miles
Lakeside Hospital 8.9 miles

Nearest Opticians

Listed here are the 10 closest opticians to Chester Road, Bedford, MK40 4HP. The nearest is Chis Archbold Optometrist, approximately 0.9 miles away.

* Distances are measured in a straight line from the given postcode. Please consult the facility's map page or your preferred route finding/GPS app for driving directions.


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Broadband in MK40 4HP

This postcode has support for Ultrafast broadband at one or more premises. Ultrafast broadband is the latest high-speed standard, generally taken to mean fixed line broadband at a potential speed of 300Mbps or more - more than enough for even the most demanding household gaming, video calling, video and internet browsing needs. Note that occasionally some properties in a postcode may still not be eligible due to conditions on the ground, or the building structure. If you wish to enquire about a specific property in this postcode, contact the major suppliers, for instance Virgin Media, BT Broadband and Plusnet. For more information on Superfast Broadband, see the OpenReach website.

Broadband data is based on information provided by the major fixed internet service providers in the UK, including Virgin Media and BT. It does not include providers of satellite internet. Data at this postcode has been sourced from 41 reported internet connections.

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Average Download Speed 78.1Mbps
Maximum Download Speed Reported 345Mbps
Average Upload Speed 11.4Mbps
Maximum Upload Speed Reported 34Mbps
Ultrafast (300Mbps+) Broadband Available Yes

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Supplier Customer Rating
Plusnet 76.2%
Zen Internet 75.8%
Post Office 74%
EE Broadband 73.4%
NOW TV 70.8%
Vodafone 70%
Sky Digital 69.2%
BT Broadband 67.4%
Virgin Media 67.4%
TalkTalk 65.2%

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