About Eastcotts Parish

Eastcotts Parish consists of the villages of Cotton End and Shortstown, and the hamlets of Harrowden and Herring's Green.  It is situated to the south-east of Bedford, where the A600 road used to run through it.  Eastcotts is one of the oldest parishes, created in 1894.  It boasts two village halls, a Baptist Church, one pub, two schools, two huge airship sheds which can be seen for miles around,  Shocott Spring - a woodland created as part of the Forest of Marston Vale - and has Elstow Brook running through the northern end. There are 6 farms in the parish, as well as the established Exeter Wood. The total number of people on the electoral roll in December 2018 is 3,468:  630 in Cotton End and 2838 in Shortstown and Harrowden.  Eastcotts is expanding with the Bellway's development where the A600 has been diverted and now runs between the phases 1, 2 & 3 of the new build of Shortstown.