Manshead Hundred

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Manshead Hundred shown in Bedfordshire

Manshead is a hundred of Bedfordshire. It encompasses the south-west part of the county, stretching from Salford to Studham and from Leighton Buzzard to Houghton Regis and Dunstable.[1] It had a population of 110,524 in 2011.

The hundred is named after a site in Eversholt parish. The area west of the Watling Street is recorded in the Domesday Book as the half-hundred of Stanbridge, and there is also a mention of a hundred called Odecroft which may have covered the area south of the Ouzel Brook. By the early 14th century, these areas had effectively been incorporated into Manshead hundred.[2]


The hundred contains the following ancient parishes:

*: Partly in Hertfordshire.

Recent use of the name

  • When the Manshead Archaeological Society ( was formed in 1952, the name of the hundred was chosen to embrace the intended area of activity.[3]
  • Manshead Upper School took the name of the Hundred after much discussion in 1972 when comprehensive schools were introduced in Dunstable.[4]


  1. Vision of Britain: Manshead Hundred Boundaries.
  2. F. R. Thorn, "Hundreds and wapentakes", in A. Williams and G. H. Martin (editors), The Bedfordshire Domesday, Alecto Historical Editions, 1991, ISBN 0-948459-84-0, pages 59, 63 and 64.
  3. J. Schneider, "The Manshead Archaeological Society 1951–1991", Bedfordshire Archaeology, 20, page 96, 1992.
  4. Northfields School 1936–1986, Dunstable Town Council, page 59.
Hundreds of Bedfordshire

Barford • Biggleswade • Clifton • Flitt • Manshead • Redbournestoke • Stodden • Willey • Wixamtree