Cotton End is a small village and civil parish on the outskirts of Bedford. It became its own parish as of 1 April 2019, having previously been part of the parish of Eastcotts.[1] Ordnance Survey maps from the 1880s show its name as 'Cardington Cotton End'.[2]

Cotton End
"The Bell" - - 428175.jpg
The Bell public house
Cotton End is located in Bedfordshire
Cotton End
Cotton End
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL084404
Civil parish
  • Cotton End
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK45
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°06′00″N 0°25′00″W / 52.1°N 0.4166°W / 52.1; -0.4166Coordinates: 52°06′00″N 0°25′00″W / 52.1°N 0.4166°W / 52.1; -0.4166

There is a primary school, a Baptist Church, a village hall and a pub.

The Baptist chapel was founded here in 1777. In 1912, Cotton End was described as a scattered hamlet with a school and a farm.[3] It lies further down the A600 road from Shortstown.

A new woodland created by the Forest of Marston Vale in 2005 called Shocott Spring.


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  3. ^ Page, William (1912). A History of the County of Bedford: Volume 3. pp. 233–238.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Cotton End at Wikimedia Commons