|Area (1801)||1196.17792 km2|
"Public house","Public house",
"Robin Hood name","Robin Hood name",
Robin Hood (Bedford)¤1751|Robin Hood (Luton)¤1864|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-20. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-27.
The Historic Counties Trust describes Bedfordshire as follows:
Bedfordshire is a relatively small county in the southern Midlands. It is largely low-lying, though the Chiltern Hills also reach into the southern part of the county. The chief river is the Great Ouse, which snakes through the county, producing very fertile country, and on whose banks lies the county town, Bedford. In area, most of the county is agricultural. However there are several large towns and industrial development around many towns. The main town is Luton, an industrial town with a major airport. Bedford itself, is smaller, but a thriving town nevertheless. While no "New Towns" were planted in Bedfordshire, Bedford, Luton and several towns have been the subject of similar planned expansion, influenced by the A1, which runs through the centre of the county, and the M1 in its south. Nevertheless, away from the main towns Bedfordshire has rich agricultural land, rolling rural scenery and pretty villages.
Main Towns: Ampthill, Bedford, Luton, Biggleswade, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Sandy.
Main Rivers: Flit, Ouse, Ivel, Hiz, Ouzel, Lea.
Highlights: Woburn Abbey Safari Park; Bunyan Statue, Bedford; Luton Hoo; Whipsnade Zoo; Wrest Park.
Highest Point: Dunstable Downs, 244.14 m.
Area: 1204.35 km2.
1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 18th century.
1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 19th century.
2 Place-names and localities.
Lists and gazetteers
- No entries for Bedfordshire place-names in Dobson, R. B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-311.
- British History Online: Victoria County History – Bedfordshire
- The Historic Counties Trust: Historic Counties Descriptions
- Wikipedia: Bedfordshire.
- Histpop – The Online Historical Population Reports Website: Population tables I, Vol. I. England and Wales. Divisions I-VII, 1851 – Page clxviii (University of Essex). Google: Acres to km2.
- The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. We have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.