Henlow is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England.

Henlow, St Mary (geograph 4424492)

Parish church of St Mary
Henlow is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population3,084 [1]
3,815 (2011 Census)[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


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. 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. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Henlow (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 February 2008.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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1973 Mid Bedfordshire District Council election

The first election to Mid Bedfordshire District Council was held on 7 June 1973, with the 49 councillors elected forming a shadow authority until 1 April 1974. Mid Bedfordshire District was formed on 1 April 1974 as part of a general reorganisation of local authorities in England and Wales carried out under the Local Government Act 1972. The district was formed by the amalgamation of five districts:

Ampthill Urban District

Biggleswade Urban District

Sandy Urban District

Ampthill Rural District

Biggleswade Rural DistrictIn 1973 Mid Bedfordshire had 62,423 registered electors, of which 57,527 were in the 23 contested wards. The turnout in the contested wards was 49%. Two wards (Henlow & Langford and Wrest) were uncontested.

2003 Mid Bedfordshire District Council election

Elections to Mid Bedfordshire District Council were held on 1 May 2003. All 53 seats were up for election. Councillors elected would serve a four-year term, expiring in 2007. The Conservative Party retained overall control of the council, winning 37 of 53 seats on the council. The Conservatives won 7 seats (5 wards) unopposed.

2007 Mid Bedfordshire District Council election

Elections to Mid Bedfordshire District Council were held in May 2007. These were the last elections to council, with all 53 seats being up for election. Councillors elected would serve a two-year term, expiring in 2009, when Mid Bedfordshire District Council was replaced by Central Bedfordshire Council. The Conservative Party retained overall control of the council, winning 37 of 53 seats on the council. The Conservatives won 8 seats (5 wards) unopposed, as did an Independent candidate in one ward.

Arlesey railway station

Arlesey railway station serves the town of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, England. It is 37 miles 3 chains (59.61 km) from London King's Cross on the East Coast Main Line. Arlesey is managed and served by Great Northern.

Arlesey is the nearest station to the towns of Stotfold and Shefford and to the villages of Langford, Clifton and Henlow.

Birch Brothers

Birch Brothers was a bus and coach operator in south east England.

Edward Tilley

Edward Tilley (c. 1588 – c. winter of 1620/1621) traveled in 1620 on the historic voyage of the ship Mayflower as a Separatist member of the Leiden, Holland contingent. He was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact, and died with his wife in the first Pilgrim winter in the New World.

Henlow Camp

Henlow Camp is a settlement in Bedfordshire, England.

RAF Henlow was first established in the area during World War I. Henlow Camp as a civilian settlement has grown up around the station since this time. Though Henlow Camp is part of the Henlow civil parish, it is located nearer to the village of Stondon(where the 2011 Census population was included).

Though a small settlement, Henlow Camp has a number of amenities which serve local residents and staff at the RAF base, as well as the wider area. Amenities include Derwent Lower School, a number of shops, a public house and bed and breakfast, a golf course, and a dog racing track.

Henlow Camp railway station

Henlow Camp was a railway station on the Bedford to Hitchin Line which served the village of Henlow in Bedfordshire, England. Opened in 1857, it gave more than a century of service before closing in 1962.

Henlow Common and Langford Meadows

Henlow Common and Langford Meadows is an 18.4 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Langford, and two miles north of Henlow, in Bedfordshire. It is owned and managed by Central Bedfordshire Council. Henlow Common is common land.This site on the bank of the River Ivel is mainly grassland with areas of scrub and bushes. There are also some native trees and a stream, which make it an important area for wildlife. Plants include marsh marigolds and there are kingfishers and the river bank has otters and water voles.There is access from Langford Road and by a footpath from the High Street.

Henlow Stadium

Henlow Stadium is a greyhound track located at Stondon, in the English county of Bedfordshire, slightly to the north of Hitchin. The stadium has a restaurant, a number of bars and a bistro.

Racing takes place every Monday and Thursday morning, Tuesday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Henry Samson

Henry Samson (c. 1603 – 1685) In 1620 Henry Samson travelled as a member of the Edward Tilley family on the historic voyage of the Pilgrim ship Mayflower. The Tilleys died in the first winter but Henry Samson survived to live a long, fulfilling life in Plymouth Colony.

Julian Royds Gribble

Captain Julian Royds Gribble VC (5 January 1897 – 25 November 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Lower Stondon

Lower Stondon is a small village in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is located close to the border with Hertfordshire, around 2.5 miles (4 km) south-west of Henlow. It is part of the larger Stondon civil parish, which at the 2001 Census had a population of approximately 2,000 increasing to approximately 2,300 at the 2011 Census.

The A600 road from Hitchin to Bedford runs close to the village, while the nearest railway station is Arlesey on the East Coast Main Line.

RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine

The RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine (RAF CAM) is a medical organisation run by the Royal Air Force and based at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire. It is the main organisation conducting aviation medicine research in the UK.

RAF Henlow

RAF Henlow is a Royal Air Force station in Bedfordshire, England, equidistant from Bedford, Luton and Stevenage. It houses the RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG), the Signals Museum and 616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron. The Ministry of Defence announced on 6 September 2016 that the base is set to be closed following a consultation.

RAF Wyton

Royal Air Force Wyton or more simply RAF Wyton (IATA: QUY, ICAO: EGUY) is a Royal Air Force station near St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England.

In terms of organisation RAF Wyton was part of the combined station RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow, a merger of Wyton with two previously separate bases, RAF Brampton and RAF Henlow. Wyton is the largest of the three. It is home to Equipment Support (Air) and Corporate Technical Services. The airfield is now decommissioned but was used for flight training by 57(R) Squadron EFT, the University Air Squadrons of London and Cambridge and No. 5 Air Experience Flight.

SG postcode area

The SG postcode area, also known as the Stevenage postcode area, is a group of nineteen postcode districts in England, which are subdivisions of fifteen post towns. These postcode districts cover north Hertfordshire (including Stevenage, Baldock, Buntingford, Hertford, Hitchin, Knebworth, Letchworth, Much Hadham, Royston and Ware) and east Bedfordshire (including Arlesey, Biggleswade, Henlow, Sandy and Shefford), plus a small part of south-west Cambridgeshire and a very small part of Essex.

Sport in Bedfordshire

This is an outline of Sport in Bedfordshire, a county in England.

Upper Stondon

Upper Stondon is a hamlet in Bedfordshire, England, part of the wider Stondon civil parish.

Upper Stondon is a very small settlement with few amenities. However, the village of Lower Stondon and nearby Henlow Camp have extensive local amenities and services.

Settlements in Central Bedfordshire

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