Harrowden, Bedfordshire

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The Gate public house in 2008 (Now closed and is a house)
Harrowden is located in Bedfordshire
Harrowden shown within Bedfordshire
Area 0.093 km2 (0.036 sq mi)
Population 32 
• Density 344/km2 (890/sq mi)
OS grid reference TL068894
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK42
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°06′45″N 0°26′31″W / 52.112605°N 0.441836°W / 52.112605; -0.441836Coordinates: 52°06′45″N 0°26′31″W / 52.112605°N 0.441836°W / 52.112605; -0.441836

Harrowden is a one-street hamlet in the civil parish of Eastcotts, in Bedfordshire.

Harrowden has only 18 houses and 32 people on the electoral roll. Elstow Brook runs through it. There is just one road - Old Harrowden Lane - which leads to a footpath known as Bumpy Lane, from where you can access the birthplace of John Bunyan, now simply marked by a stone.[1]

The street runs from east to west parallel and to the south of the A421 Bedford Southern Bypass, and 200 metres to the north of the village of Shortstown. There is a path at the west side of Harrowden named Bumpy Lane that leads to Abbey Fields. Like Shortstown, Harrowden is in the Eastcotts parish, of the Borough of Bedford.


Harrowden is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, though by the 13th century the area became known as Eastcotes or Cotes. The name derives from the Old English name for a cottage - 'cotum'.



  1. ^ "Eastcotts Parish Council | About Eastcotts Parish". eastcottsparishcouncil.bedsparishes.gov.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-13.

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