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Coordinates: 52°05′42″N 0°25′06″W / 52.0949°N 0.4184°W / 52.0949; -0.4184

Eastcotts is located in Bedfordshire

 Eastcotts shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL083344
Unitary authority Bedford
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK45
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Eastcotts is a village and civil parish in the English county of Bedfordshire.



There are two main centres of population in the parish. The village of Eastcotts itself is in the southern part of the parish, but the majority of the population of the parish, which was 3,160 in 2007,[1] lives in Shortstown in the northern part of the parish, which was built in the early 20th century to house workers from the Cardington airship works.

The population of the parish is expected to rise substantially in the near future, as planning permission for the development of 1,100 homes on the 42-hectare site of the former RAF camp in Shortstown was granted in November 2005.[2] The parish also includes the smaller village of Cotton End, and a one-street hamlet called Harrowden and a few isolated dwellings.


A Boarding School was established in the village as a result of the Elementary Education Act 1870. The school was built in 1874, at a cost of £1,174, for 140 children with a schoolmaster’s house attached.


  1. ^ Bedfordshire County Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for Eastcotts parish in 2007.
  2. ^ Land at and adjacent to the former RAF site at Shortstown – statement of circa November 2005 from Bedford Borough Council, with link to full planning brief prepared in January 2003.

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