Coordinates: 52°07′47″N 0°33′58″W / 52.129719°N 0.565973°W / 52.129719; -0.565973
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Stagsden Village Hall
Stagsden is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population354 [1]
363 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceSP981489
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBedford
Postcode districtMK43
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°07′47″N 0°33′58″W / 52.129719°N 0.565973°W / 52.129719; -0.565973

Stagsden is a small but historic village and civil parish located in the Borough of Bedford, northwest Bedfordshire, England, near the Buckinghamshire border. Situated around 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Bedford town centre on one of the main routes between it and Milton Keynes, the village was bypassed by the A422 in April 1992, to allow the increasing amount of traffic to avoid the 30 mph speed limit in Stagsden.

The village has at its centre St. Leonard's Church, where High Street, Bedford Road and Church Lane all meet. Toward the western end of the village, along High Street, is the Royal George pub (now closed) and the Village Hall (formerly the primary school). The village's history is well preserved, and several millennium projects centred on such preservation for future generations.

In 2000, Stagsden acquired two new additions to village life. A Millennium bench was put in place at the corner of Bedford Road and the High Street, and Bedfordshire Golf Club opened its newly built course on the hillside facing the village, on the other side of the A422.

A latecomer to the 21st century is the village sign, next to the church, which is a quintessentially rural affair[according to whom?] and is rather splendid[according to whom?].

For electoral purposes the village is part of Turvey ward and is represented on Bedford Borough Council by Mark Smith, elected in May 2007.

Half a mile east of Stagsden and inside the parish boundary is Hanger Wood, an ancient woodland and Site of Special Scientific Interest.[3]

Stagsden is home to the British Tripod Brand, 3 Legged Thing. The brand stamps the name "Stagsden" onto each and every product that they manufacture as a tribute to the village. 3 Legged Thing is situated in two Chicken Sheds ( Shedquarters [Unit 9] & Return of the Shedi [Unit 10] ), on the site of Kinsbourne Farm, Bury End, previously a poultry farm that was home to over 30,000 chickens.


  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Stagsden (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Description and Reasons for Notification of Hanger Wood" (PDF). Natural England. September 1988. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.