Dunstable  Bedfordshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Dunstable like this:

Dunstable, mun. bor., market town, and par., with ry. sta., at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, in co. and 18 miles S. of Bedford, and 33 miles NW. of London -- par. and bor., 453 ac., pop. 4627; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Dunstable was probably a Roman station. It had a palace and an Augustinian priory built by Henry I. The church of the priory is now used as the parish church (restored in 1865). Straw-plaiting and the making of straw hats and bonnets are the principal industries.

Dunstable through time

Dunstable is now part of South Bedfordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Bedfordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dunstable itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dunstable in South Bedfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th April 2024

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