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St Mary's church, Bletsoe.JPG
Parish church of St Mary
Bletsoe is located in Bedfordshire
Bletsoe shown within Bedfordshire
Population 281 [1]
260 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid reference TL025585
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK44
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East 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 Rushden, over the border in Northamptonshire.

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. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  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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