Welcome to the Harrold Online

The village of Harrold is about 60 miles north of London in the county of Bedfordshire. It is nine miles north west of the county town of Bedford and is about 15 miles from both Northampton and Milton Keynes. Its population is around 1,500, and expanding.

Harrold is a riverside village with an ancient bridge over the River Great Ouse. It has a long rich history with archaeological finds dating back 4,500 years. It has a wealth of architectural features, a range of amenities and services, excellent schools and a popular Country Park with interesting wildlife and picturesque walks.

The bridge is the focal point of three parishes, with Carlton and Chellington a short stroll across the ancient causeway and the attractive village of Odell a pleasant walk across the Country Park. These villages together make an exciting community in which to live and to visit.

In a Sunday Times survey in 2013 Harrold was selected as “One of 100 Best Places to Live in Britain”.

A History of Harrold

Harrolds’ history dates as far back as the Domesday Book. Check out the history section to find out how Harrold has changed through the years.

The aim of this site is to provide villagers and visitors with clear and current information about the village of Harrold and the surrounding area. If you’d like to give us any feedback or suggest information to be included on the site please contact us.

Please use the diary to find out what’s going on in the village and use the ‘Useful Links’ to access related Harrold sites such as the Harrold Facebook Noticeboard and the Harrold Parish Council.  Harrold also has a Good Neighbours Group, supporting local people.

For a photographic tour of the village see below.

Latest News & Articles

A Request from Peter Baxter – Walter Garner

When he was living at "Sunnyside", Earls Barton in Northamptonshire in 1901, 34-year-old WALTER GARNER put down on the census return that he was born at Harrold. However, there is no civil registration record of his birth. I know that the surname Garner is a popular...

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A Servant to Two Masters

The next Adhoc show will be a production of A Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni adapted by Lee Hall, to be performed on 5th, 6th and 7th April "Two wages. Two men's meals. Am I mad? Not half.” A farce created by Carlo Goldoni about a wily servant who hits on the...

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A request from John Douglas

When I retired some 10 years ago, I did a great deal of research into my family tree in the Harrold area as my grandfather Lewis Douglas was born there in 1886. The only relative that I managed to find was the late Jim Jones of Yelnow Farm, Odell. I found out that...

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