Totternhoe Parish

The Village of Totternhoe is situated in the southwest corner of the county near to the Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire borders in the lowlands of the Dunstable Downs Chiltern Hills near to Whipsnade Zoo and can be located under the OS Map Ref SP 985215. Other villages close by are Eaton Bray, Edlesborough and Stanbridge with the town of Dunstable about 3 miles away.

Population of the village is about 1090 mainly older people of which some have lived in the Village or close by all their lives, others moving in to the area over the years.

The village name has been recorded as long ago as 1086 when it was pronounced from 2 words and spelt ‘Totene’ ’hou’ meaning a ‘look out house’ and a’spur’. The ‘Knolls’ which form part of the village escarpment at one end had at one time been a fine Norman Keep and was considered a fine Motte and Bailey castle.

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