"BEDFORDSHIRE, or BEDS, an inland county; bounded on the NW by Northampton,
on the NE by Huntingdon, on the E by Cambridge, on the SE and the S by Herts,
and on the SW and W by Bucks. Its length southward is 35 miles; its greatest
breadth, 22� miles; its circuit, about 145 miles; and its area 295,582 acres.
The general aspect is diversified and pleasing."
from Imperial Gazatteer of England & Wales, 1866-9