Arlesey, Bedfordshire is a long village, said by some to be the longest in Britain. It extends for three miles along the picturesque River Hiz and there are beautiful walks to be taken in the meadows by the river. Arlesey is documented in the Domesday Book.
In the late 1800's, Arlesey had a period of rapid growth thanks to the presence of coprolite, used in fertiliser and bricks. There were once six brickworks in the village, and it was in Arlesey that Robert Beart came up with the idea of using mechanical presses to form bricks rather than moulds. Some of the old clay and chalk pits have been turned into lakes including the private Blue Lagoon, suitable for fishing and sailing.
The church of St. Peter, dating from 1180, still stands.