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Parish church of St Mary
Henlow is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population2,253 (Henlow village)
3,815 (Parish)
(2011 Census)[1][2]
OS grid referenceTL176385
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHENLOW
Postcode districtSG16
Dialling code01462
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°01′57″N 0°17′14″W / 52.03245°N 0.28714°W / 52.03245; -0.28714Coordinates: 52°01′57″N 0°17′14″W / 52.03245°N 0.28714°W / 52.03245; -0.28714

Henlow is a village and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of the county of Bedfordshire, England, about 11 miles (18 km) south-east of the county town of Bedford. The name Henlow is believed to derive from the old English henna hlaw, meaning in old English "hill of birds" or “hill frequented by birds”.[3]

At the 2011 census the population of the village was 2,253, and 3,815 for the parish.[4]


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.[5]

The parish includes RAF Henlow and that part of Henlow Camp situated east of the A600 road.[6] While RAF Henlow is located near Henlow, it is nearer to the village of Stondon.[7] 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. The parish church, Grade I listed, and parts of which are from the 12th century, is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.[8]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Henlow Built-up area sub division (E35000593)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Henlow Parish (E04011956)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Parish history". Henlow Parish. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Census 2011 Henlow" (PDF). Central Bedfordshire. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Henlow". Open Domesday. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  6. ^ "UK Civil Parishes". AZ. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  7. ^ "RAF Henlow". RAF. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Church of St Mary the Virgin, Henlow". Church of England. Retrieved 6 August 2020.