Bedfordshire Record Office's Guide to Bedfordshire Parishes describes Harrold thus: Ancient Parish; includes Folly.
Harrold is a civil parish and electoral ward in the Borough of Bedford within Bedfordshire, England, around nine miles north-west of Bedford. The village is on the north bank of the River Great Ouse, and is the site of an ancient bridge, linking the village with Carlton with Chellington on the south bank. Immediately to the east of the village is Odell. Across the bridge is Carlton.
The buttermarket in Harrold has often been an iconic image in Harrold, along with the bridge. It also used to be the logo for one of the schools in Harrold. Harrold also has a village lock-up that was used to detain drunks and suspected criminals. It is no longer in use.
Two schools exist in the village: Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School.
The Church of St Peter is also located in the village.