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Village centre, Henlow, Beds - geograph.org.uk - 50183.jpg
Grid reference: TL176385
Location: 52°1’57"N, 0°17’14"W
Population: 3,084  (2001)
Post town: Henlow
Postcode: SG16
Dialling code: 01462
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
North East Bedfordshire

Henlow is a village in Bedfordshire.

There are several theories as to the origin of the name Henlow. Henna hlaw is one, meaning in old English "Hill of birds". Hlow was also sometimes used to indicate a burial place.

The parish church, parts of which are 13th-century, is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. It includes interesting stained glass, including a new window installed in 2013. It claims connections with the Pilgrim Fathers.

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.

RAF Henlow is located nearby, but is in fact nearer to the village of Stondon. The civilian settlement of Henlow Camp has grown up around the RAF station since its establishment.

There is a well-known health farm in Henlow at Henlow Grange, part of the Champneys group.

The Engineers Arms in the High Street is a multi CAMRA award winning public house, renowned for the quality of its real ales and ciders, which brings many visitors to the village.

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