Great Shefford, used to be generally known as West Shefford and
lies just up river from East Shefford (or Little Shefford).
The name Shefford
is believed to mean sheep ford, being derived from two Saxon words "sciep" (sheep)
and "ford" and may date back to earlier than the 6th c. AD. The
village was mentioned in the Domesday Book in the 11th c. AD and St. Mary's
Church in Shefford dates from the end of the 12th c.
Great Shefford Millennium Stone
A stone was erected in the village at the turn of the last century
in celebration of the new millennium, marked with an outline of the village
Church, the stone lies less than 200 feet from the observatory: