Bedfordshire Power Flushing

We Power Flush  central heating systems in these Bedfordshire towns:
Luton
Bedford
Leighton Buzzard

Bedfordshire is a historic county in England’s East. Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton are the three unitary authorities that now cover the former county.

Bedfordshire is bounded to the east and northeast by Cambridgeshire, to the north by Northamptonshire, to the west by Buckinghamshire, and to the southeast and south by Hertfordshire. It is England’s fourteenth most densely populated county, with over half of the county’s population living in the two largest built-up areas: Luton (258,018) and the county town, Bedford (106,940). The highest point in the Chilterns is 243 meters (797 feet) on Dunstable Downs.

HISTORY

The name was first recorded in 1011 as “Bedanfordscir,” which meant the shire or county of Bedford, which itself meant “Beda’s ford” (river crossing).

Bedfordshire was historically divided into nine hundreds: Barford, Biggleswade, Clifton, Flitt, Manshead, Redbornestoke, Stodden, Willey, and Wixamtree, as well as the liberty of Bedford. The county boundary has changed several times; for example, in 1897, Kensworth and part of Caddington were transferred from Hertfordshire to Bedfordshire.

GEOGRAPHY

The county’s southern boundary is marked by the Chiltern Hills, a chalk ridge. The remainder is part of the Great Ouse River and its tributaries’ large drainage basin. The majority of Bedfordshire’s rocks are Jurassic and Cretaceous clays and sandstones, with some limestone. Local clay has been used to make Fletton style bricks in Marston Vale. The hard flint nodules deposited as gravel by glacial erosion of chalk have been commercially extracted in the past at pits that are now lakes at Priory Country Park, Wyboston, and Felmersham. The Greensand Ridge is a county-wide escarpment that extends from near Leighton Buzzard to near Gamlingay in Cambridgeshire.

ECONOMY

This is a trend chart of Bedfordshire’s regional gross value added at current basic prices published by the Office for National Statistics (pp. 240–253), with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Bedfordshire is home to a number of well-known UK and international corporations, many of which have headquarters or major bases in the county. Bedford is home to Autoglass, Boxclever, and Charles Wells Pubs, while Sandy is home to the Kier Group and Kingspan Timber Solutions, and Biggleswade is home to Jordans Cereals. EasyJet, Impellam, TUI Airways, and Vauxhall Motors are all headquartered in Luton, while Whitbread is headquartered in Houghton Regis and Costa Coffee has relocated to Dunstable. UltraVision is headquartered in Leighton Buzzard, while Moto Hospitality is headquartered at the Toddington service station.

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