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Henlow, St Mary (geograph 4424492).jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Henlow is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population2,253 (Henlow village)
3,815 (Parish)
(2011 Census)[1][2]
OS grid referenceTL176385
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHENLOW
Postcode districtSG16
Dialling code01462
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°01′57″N 0°17′14″W / 52.03245°N 0.28714°W / 52.03245; -0.28714Coordinates: 52°01′57″N 0°17′14″W / 52.03245°N 0.28714°W / 52.03245; -0.28714

Henlow is a village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of the county of Bedfordshire, England about 10.75 miles (17 km) south-east of the county town of Bedford.

The 2011 census gives the population as 2,253 for the village and 3,815 for the parish.

The parish includes RAF Henlow and that part of Henlow Camp situated east of the A600 road.[3]


Henlow is mentioned (with a degree of dispute recorded) in the Domesday Book. The entry reads: Haneslau(ue)/Hanslau(e): Herfast from Nigel d'Aubigny; Hugh from Walter of Flanders; Widder and Bernard from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife (Hugh de Beauchamp claims from her, stating it was never in her dowry); Alric. 2 mills.

RAF Henlow is located nearby, but is nearer to the village of Stondon. The civilian settlement of Henlow Camp has grown up near to the RAF station.

There is a health farm in Henlow at Henlow Grange, part of the Champneys group.

There are 3 public houses.

There are several theories as to the origin of the name Henlow.[according to whom?] Henna hlaw is one, meaning in old English "Hill of birds". Hlow was also sometimes used to indicate a burial place.

The parish church, parts of which are 13th-century, is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.


  1. ^ "Henlow Built-up area Local Area Report". nomis. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Henlow Parish Local Area Report". nomis. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ "UK Civil Parishes". AZ. Retrieved 27 October 2019.

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