Evidence at the Riddy, a local nature reserve just south of Sandy, shows that mill-building has taken place on this site since at least the time of the Norman era, though the last mill was built here in 1857.
The town expanded rapidly in the 1970s with the development of London overspill housing between Sunderland Road and St Neots Road.
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This expansion continued into the 1990s with new housing developments at Fallow Field and Ivel Park.
Sandy is governed by two tiers of local government: the town council, and the Unitary Authority of Central Bedfordshire.
It lies 8 miles (13 km) to the east of Bedford, 18 miles (29 km) to the south west of Cambridge and 43 miles (69 km) north of Central London.
The Sandy Heath transmitting station, a 244 metre tall television broadcast mast, is located to the east of the town.
Sandy is situated on the A1 which hugs the western edge of the town.
Parts of the town and adjoining land are designated as a Flood Warning Area.
The Greensand Ridge, an escarpment which runs through Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire, runs to the south of the town.
The town has a population of around 13,400 based on 2015 estimates.