Dunstable is an old market and coaching town on Watling Street, the famous Roman road, where it crosses the Icknield Way There was a Roman station here called Durocotrivae.
The town was once a centre of the hat making industry.
Dunstable Priory is now the parish church. It was founded by Henry I for the Augustinians in 1132, and the original nave arcade and West Front survive. It was here that the divorce proceedings took place between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in 1533, with Cranmer pronouncing them to be divorced.
Dunstable was the site of one of the Eleanor Crosses set up by Edward I.