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St Mary's church, Bletsoe.JPG
Parish church of St Mary
Bletsoe is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population281 [1]
260 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceTL025585
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK44
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°12′47″N 0°30′19″W / 52.2130°N 0.5052°W / 52.2130; -0.5052Coordinates: 52°12′47″N 0°30′19″W / 52.2130°N 0.5052°W / 52.2130; -0.5052

Bletsoe is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England. It is on the A6, and about eight miles north of Bedford. The village has a small park, the former site of Bletsoe Castle and a church. Nearby places are Sharnbrook, Milton Ernest, Riseley, Thurleigh, Odell, Souldrop, and Swineshead. The nearest town to Bletsoe is Bedford.

The small hamlet of Bourne End borders Bletsoe and is part of the civil parish. In 1086, Bletsoe parish was within the ancient hundred of Buckelowe.[3] The parish was added to the Hundred of Willey when the ancient hundred was parceled out.

Bletsoe Castle was the birthplace of Margaret Beaufort. She was the mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII.


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Bletsoe (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  3. ^ Open Domesday Online: Bletsoe, accessed 1 Jul 2017

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