Potton is a town and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England, about 10 miles (16 km) east of the county town Bedford. Its population in 2011 was 4,870. In 1783 the Great Fire of Potton destroyed a large portion of the town. The parish church dates from the 13th century, and is dedicated to St Mary. Potton’s horse fairs were some of the largest in the country.