|Status:||Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county|
|Region:||East of England|
- Admin. council
- Admin. area
- Total (2004 est.)
- Admin. council
- Admin. pop.
466 / km²
Bedfordshire County Council
|Members of Parliament|
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) notes that the highest point in Bedfordshire is Kensworth, at 904 feet.
Kensworth was, until 1897, a part of Hertfordshire.
Most English counties have nicknames for people from that county, such as a Tyke from Yorkshire and a Yellowbelly from Lincolnshire; the traditional nickname for people from Bedforshire is 'Bedfordshire Bulldogs' or 'Clangers', this last deriving from the popular local dish comprising a suet crust dumpling filled with meat or jam or both.
The first recorded use of the name was in 1011 as "Bedanfordscir," meaning "Beda's ford" (river crossing).
Bedfordshire was historically divided into the nine hundreds: Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbournestoke, Stodden, Willey, Wixamtree, along with the liberty and borough of Bedford.
Luton was part of Bedfordshire until 1997, when it was made a unitary authority. However, it remains part of the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, with a single Lord Lieutenant representing the sovereign throughout this entire area. Except where otherwise indicated, this article relates to the whole Ceremonial County of Bedfordshire, including Luton.
Most of Bedfordshire's rocks are clays and sandstones from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with some limestone. Local clay has been used for brick-making at Fletton. Glacial erosion of chalk has left the hard flint nodules deposited as gravel — this has been commercially extracted in the past at pits which are now lakes, at Priory Country Park, Wyboston and Felmersham.
This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Bedfordshire at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added4||Agriculture1||Industry2||Services3|
Note 1: includes hunting and forestry
Note 2: includes energy and construction
Note 3: includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
Note 4: Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
Three of England's six main trunk roads pass through Bedfordshire:
Again, three of England's main lines pass through Bedfordshire:
Bedfordshire is well served by a large number of taxi companies, in particular, Luton is noted for having the highest amount of taxi cabs per head of population in the United Kingdom with companies such as Cabco, Britannia cars and Five twos competing for work in the town and from London Luton Airport
The River Great Ouse links Bedfordshire to the Fenland waterways. As of 2004 there are plans to construct a canal linking the Great Ouse at Bedford to the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes, 23 km distant.
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