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Studham Village Hall - - 69223.jpg
Studham Village Hall
Studham is located in Bedfordshire
Studham shown within Bedfordshire
Population 1,128 (2001 & 2011)
OS grid reference TL022157
Civil parish
  • Studham
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LU6
Dialling code 01582
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°49′53″N 0°31′01″W / 51.8315°N 0.5169°W / 51.8315; -0.5169Coordinates: 51°49′53″N 0°31′01″W / 51.8315°N 0.5169°W / 51.8315; -0.5169

Studham is a village and civil parish in the county of Bedfordshire. It has a population of 1,128.[1] The parish bounds to the south of the Buckinghamshire border, and to the east is the Hertfordshire border. The village lies in the wooded south facing dip slope of the Chiltern Hills. The hamlet of Holywell is located to the north of Studham, and forms part of the same civil parish.

In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Estodham. Studham's church celebrated its millennium in 1997.

The ancient parish of Studham straddled the Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire border. In 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894, the parish was partitioned into two parts, one on each side of the county border. They were re-united as a single parish, when part was transferred from Hertfordshire to Bedfordshire, in 1897.[2]

The village currently has two pubs, the older of which, The Bell, dates till before the English Civil War. In the early 20th century, work to make safe the old well in the pub garden revealed discarded or hidden civil war weapons.

The village still retains substantial common land that was not lost as a result of the Inclosure Acts. Studham Common was the site of the "Blue Man" extraterrestrial sighting incident in 1967.

In the early evening of 23 May 1948 an ex-RAF Handley Page Halifax, registered G-AIZO, and operated by Bond Air Services Ltd. carrying a cargo of apricots from Valencia, Spain, crashed at Studham.[3]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Census 2001 & Census 2011: Parish Headcounts: South Bedfordshire Retrieved 31 October 2010
  2. ^ Youngs, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Volume 1.
  3. ^ Aeroplane Monthly - May 1984 issue - Unscheduled Arrival article - P. 252-253

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