Tebworth History

Tebworth History


The solid, or underlying geology of Tebworth is known as gault formation, a sedimentary rock formed approximately 99 to 112 million years ago in the warm, shallow seas of the Cretaceous Period. The superficial geology is mostly till – a diamicton formed up to 2 million years ago in the ice age conditions of the Quarternary Period. To north, south and east of the village are areas of head, a mixture of sand, gravel, clay and silt.

Tebworth stands at some elevation, the road from Watling Street (the modern A5) to Tebworth having a pronounced slope. The area where Tebworth merges into Wingfield is the highest part of the hamlet, at around 443 feet above sea level. The Queen’s Head stands at 432 feet above sea-level and the former Methodist church at 435 feet. The foot of the slope in the area of The Lane is 393 feet above sea-level.


Tebworth Sign

Welcome to Tebworth

The name means “Tebba’s enclosure”, Teobba being an Anglo-Saxon diminutive or nick mane perhaps derived from the name Theodbeald, Theodbeorht or the woman’s name Theodburh.

The following variations of the name have been recorded:

Teobbanwyrþe: 926;
Tebbeworth: 1227-1365;
Thebbeworth: 1227-1365;
Tebbewurth: 1227-1247;
Teburthe: 1286;
Theburthe: 1286;
Tebworthe: 1286-1308;
Thebworthe: 1286-1308.

Administrative History

Tebworth has always been a hamlet of the ancient parish of Chalgrave. The hamlet is not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and no subsequent manor ever took its name. However, the village is mentioned in a charter of 926, along with Chalgrave.

Tebworth Friendly Society

This was a local society in existence from at least 1750. The Book of Society Rules can be found here.

 History courtesy of Bedfordshire Borough Council Community Archives.


  1. Olimpia

    Does anyone remember the history of the four cottages near the pond in Toddington Road,Tebworth?

  2. David Molyneaux

    Not sure which cottages you mean but left side of road facing towards the pond there were some cottages set back from the road. One of these was used as a butchers shop by the Osbornes so if these are the cottages you are inquiring after they might be able to help.

    1. Olimpia

      Hello David, my apologies I have only just seen your reply. The four cottages I was referring to are on the same side as the pond. The one closest to the pond was called pond cottage. I know all four cottages were extended at the back in approximately 1976 but I’m interested in learning the history before then. They were originally very small so I wonder if they were built for people working on the farmland?

  3. Olimpia

    Sorry I meant to say they are all set back off the road as you mentioned.


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