Bedfordshire's Flag.svg
Bedfordshire UK locator map 2010.svg
Coordinates: 52°05′N 0°25′W / 52°05′N 0°25′W / 52.083; -0.417England
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantHelen Nellis
High SheriffJulian Polhill (2018–19) [1]
Area1,235 km2 (477 sq mi)
 • Ranked41st of 48
Population (mid-2017 est.)664,600
 • Ranked36th of 48
Density537/km2 (1,390/sq mi)
Ethnicity86.3% White
8.3% S.Asian
2.9% Black
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Districts of Bedfordshire
  1. Bedford
  2. Central Bedfordshire
  3. Luton
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceBedfordshire Police
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC)
 • Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Bedfordshire (ɪər/; abbreviated Beds.) is a county in the East of England. It is a ceremonial county and a historic county, covered by three unitary authorities: Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.

Bedfordshire is bordered by Cambridgeshire to the east and northeast, Northamptonshire to the north, Buckinghamshire to the west and Hertfordshire to the southeast and south. It is the fourteenth most densely populated county of England, with over half the population of the county living in the two largest built-up areas: Luton (236,000) and the county town, Bedford (102,000).[2] The highest elevation point is 243 metres (797 ft) on Dunstable Downs in the Chilterns.


The first recorded use of the name in 1011 was "Bedanfordscir," meaning the shire or county of Bedford, which itself means "Beda's ford" (river crossing).

Bedfordshire was historically divided into nine hundreds: Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbornestoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixamtree, along with the liberty and borough of Bedford. There have been several changes to the county boundary; for example, in 1897 Kensworth and part of Caddington were transferred from Hertfordshire to Bedfordshire.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Bedfordshire
Ænglisc: Beadanfordscīr
العربية: بيدفوردشير
aragonés: Bedfordshire
asturianu: Bedfordshire
Bân-lâm-gú: Bedfordshire
български: Бедфордшър
Boarisch: Bedfordshire
brezhoneg: Bedfordshire
català: Bedfordshire
Cebuano: Bedfordshire
čeština: Bedfordshire
Cymraeg: Swydd Bedford
Deutsch: Bedfordshire
Ελληνικά: Μπέντφορντσερ
español: Bedfordshire
Esperanto: Bedfordshire
euskara: Bedfordshire
فارسی: بدفوردشر
français: Bedfordshire
Gaeilge: Bedfordshire
galego: Bedfordshire
Bahasa Indonesia: Bedfordshire
interlingua: Bedfordshire
íslenska: Bedfordshire
italiano: Bedfordshire
latviešu: Bedfordšīra
Lëtzebuergesch: Bedfordshire
lietuvių: Bedfordšyras
magyar: Bedfordshire
македонски: Бедфордшир
Mirandés: Bedfordshire
Nederlands: Bedfordshire
norsk nynorsk: Bedfordshire
polski: Bedfordshire
português: Bedfordshire
română: Bedfordshire
русский: Бедфордшир
sicilianu: Bedfordshire
Simple English: Bedfordshire
slovenčina: Bedfordshire
српски / srpski: Бедфордшир
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Bedfordshire
svenska: Bedfordshire
татарча/tatarça: Бедфордшир
Türkçe: Bedfordshire
українська: Бедфордшир
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: Bédfordshir
Tiếng Việt: Bedfordshire
Volapük: Bedfordshire
Winaray: Bedfordshire
ייִדיש: בעדפארדשיר
粵語: 百福郡