The Cross Keys public house
Totternhoe is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population1,197 (parish)[1]
OS grid referenceSP985215
Civil parish
  • Totternhoe
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDunstable
Postcode districtLU6
Dialling code01582 (Church End)
01525 (Middle and Lower Ends)
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
WebsiteTotternhoe Online
List of places
51°53′02″N 0°34′16″W / 51.884°N 0.571°W / 51.884; -0.571

Totternhoe is a village and civil parish in the Manshead hundred of the county of Bedfordshire, England.


Totternhoe is an ancient village in southern Bedfordshire, near Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard. Totternhoe Knolls has been a fort for many peoples including Romans and Normans. Totternhoe Castle, of motte-and-bailey design, was built during the Norman period, probably during the years of the Anarchy, only the mound survives. Behind the knoll is a large chalk quarry producing Totternhoe Stone and modern lime kilns.

The parish church of Saint Giles dates from the 13th century.

The parish had 553 homes housing 1,197 people at the time of the 2021 census.[1]

There are several farms and a small lower school, Totternhoe Church of England Academy.

The village has two public houses, The Old Farm Inn in Church End and The Cross Keys in Middle End. Another pub in Church End, The Bell, was converted into a private home in about 1992.


The village is long and thin and is separated into three parts:

The civil parish includes the foot of Dunstable Downs, including the London Gliding Club.


Totternhoe Roman villa dates to the fourth century.

The Domesday Book of 1086 recorded the village as Totene Hou, meaning "look out house" and "spur", presumably describing forts on the Knoll.

The 1881 Census recorded Totternhoe's population as about 700, of whom 54% were female.[2]

Totternhoe's common lands were not enclosed until 1892.[3]

Sport and leisure

Totternhoe has a Non-League football team Totternhoe F.C. who play at Church End recreation ground.

Notable buildings and sites

Travelling west from Dunstable one may find the following buildings.

St Giles's Church

Adjacent towns and villages

The village shares boundaries with the following parishes:


  1. ^ a b ONS, Census 2021 Parish Profiles
  2. ^ Curran, Joan (1988). Chronicle - Featuring Totternhoe 1881. Dunstable Museum.
  3. ^ Taylor, Christopher (1982) [1975]. Fields in the English Landscape. Archaeology in the Field Series. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 0-460-02232-6.
  4. ^ "The Old Farm Public House Totternhoe". Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  5. ^ Betjeman, John, ed. (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches; the South. London: Collins; p. 106

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