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(ˈbɛdfədˌʃɪə; -ʃə)
(Placename) a county of S central England, administered since 2009 by the unitary authorities of Bedford and Central Bedfordshire: mainly low-lying, with the Chiltern Hills in the south: the geographical county includes Luton, which became a separate unitary authority in 1997. Area (excluding Luton): 1192 sq km (460 sq miles). Abbreviation: Beds


(ˈbɛd fərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər)

a county in central England. 534,300; 477 sq. mi. (1235 sq. km). Also called Bedford.
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My Father's house is situated in Bedfordshire, my Aunt's in Middlesex, and tho' I flatter myself with being a tolerable proficient in Geography, I know not how it happened, but I found myself entering this beautifull Vale which I find is in South Wales, when I had expected to have reached my Aunts.
Well, dear, I at all events am ready for Bedfordshire.
Now, there's a churchyard in Bedfordshire,' said Pancks.
Richard Stanyon's pace, the patience of spinner Nicky Phillips and the downright durability of seamer Mikey Craigs ensured the home side had a sniff, and when Bedfordshire ended their innings on 245 for six the opportunity of 17 extra overs was eagerly taken.
SOUTH Wales deputy chief constable Colette Paul has been selected as the proposed new chief constable of Bedfordshire.
THE Government was yesterday urged to probe the scandal of internal human trafficking as police continued to investigate allegations 24 slaves were being held at a caravan site in Bedfordshire.
Seven arrests were made in Bedfordshire Police's biggest ever operation.
Bedfordshire Police officers have launched a missing person investigation and are keen to speak to people who know of Mr Degun's whereabouts.
Settlement on the Bedfordshire Claylands; archaeology along the A421 Great Barford bypass.
Bedfordshire Police said yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to discontinue the case against the trio after ammunition allegedly used to shoot the birds was lost.
The study - a joint project by the universities of Bedfordshire and Leeds - looked at whether academics worked too hard at the expense of other areas of their lives.
The woman, who is in her 30s, was arrested after the 30-year-old victim was discovered unconscious in Arlesey, Bedfordshire.

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