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 2017 is 3,338: 646 in Cotton End and 2692 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.