Coordinates: 52°11′28″N 0°21′25″W / 52.19109°N 0.35705°W / 52.19109; -0.35705

Colesden is located in Bedfordshire

 Colesden shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL124560
Parish Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden
Unitary authority Bedford
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK44
Dialling code 01480
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North East Bedfordshire
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Colesden is a small hamlet located in the English county of Bedfordshire.



Colesden as a settlement was first recorded in 1195. The name Colesden is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and translates as Col's Valley.[1] The Colesden estate was originally entailed to Bushmead Priory.[2] Colesden Manor was first recorded in 1410, and was attached to nearby Roxton.[3] There was no road from Colesden through to Wilden, until the enclosure act of 1837.[4]

Today Colesden is almost entirely residential, with no shops or services apart from a community notice board and post box. In earlier years however, Colesden had pubs, a Cricket field and Church room.[5]

Colesden today

Colesden forms part of the Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden civil parish, and consists of 24 homes, located between the villages of Chawston and Wilden. The main industries in and around Colesden are still farming and agriculture, though a small number of business[6] and industrial units have been constructed since 2000. Shops and most local services are located in the nearby villages of Wyboston and Roxton.


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