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Bedfordshire place-names

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Full name Bedfordshire
Abbreviation Beds
Coordinates 52.083611111111, -0.41361111111111
Area (1891) 1207.96236 km2[1]
Population (1891) 160704[2]
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Localities named after Robin Hood (or members of his band) in Bedfordshire. Click locality marker for link to page. Historical county boundary coordinates provided by the Historic Counties Trust.

"Public house","Public house",

"18th","",

"Robin Hood name","Robin Hood name",

"Defunct","Defunct",

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-12-20. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

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County description

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.[3]

Chronology

18th Century

1 Robin Hood-related place-name first documented in the 18th century.

All localities

2 Place-names and localities.

Lists and gazetteers

Background

Notes