Bedfordshire or Bedford, former county, central England. Also called Beds, it was abolished as an administrative authority in 2009, but it remains a ceremonial county under the Lieutenancies Act. The county seat was Bedford; other chief towns were Luton and Dunstable. The county was a refuge for Protestants from the European continent during the English civil war.

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