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Bell Farm
Colesden is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL124560
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK44
Dialling code01480 and 01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
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52°11′28″N 0°21′25″W / 52.19109°N 0.35705°W / 52.19109; -0.35705Coordinates: 52°11′28″N 0°21′25″W / 52.19109°N 0.35705°W / 52.19109; -0.35705

Colesden is a small hamlet located in the English county of Bedfordshire. At the 2011 Census, the population of the hamlet was included in the civil parish of Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden.


Colesden as a settlement was first recorded in 1195. The name Colesden is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and translates as Col's Valley.[1] The Colesden estate was originally entailed to Bushmead Priory.[2] Colesden Manor was first recorded in 1410, and was attached to nearby Roxton.[1] There was no road from Colesden through to Wilden until the enclosure act of 1837.[2]

Today Colesden is almost entirely residential, with no shops or services apart from a community notice board and post box. In earlier years however, Colesden had pubs, a cricket field and church room.[2]

Colesden today[edit]

Colesden forms part of the Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden civil parish, and consists of 24 homes, located between the villages of Chawston and Wilden. The main industries in and around Colesden are still farming and agriculture, though a small number of business and industrial units have been constructed since 2000. Shops and most local services are located in the nearby villages of Wyboston and Roxton.


  1. ^ a b "Hosted By Bedford Borough Council: Colesden". 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "plan". 3 May 2007. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.

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