Clophill

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Clophill
Clophill is located in Bedfordshire
Clophill
Clophill
 Clophill shown within Bedfordshire
Population 1,750 [1]
OS grid reference TL086380
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK45
Dialling code 01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
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Coordinates: 52°01′38″N 0°25′29″W / 52.0273°N 0.4248°W / 52.0273; -0.4248

Clophill is a small village and civil parish located in the Flit river valley, Bedfordshire, England. At this time the village belonged to a group of two or three hamlets – Beadlow, Cainhoe and possibly Moddry. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Clopelle; meaning tree-stump Hill in old English.

The Domesday Book entry reads: Clopelle: Nigel d'Aubigny.

The Old Rectory

In the 1851 census, out of a total male population in Clophill of 560, there were some 238 agricultural labourers; some years later in 1871 census, out of a total female population in Clophill of 655.

Entering Clophill

Clophill's churches[edit]

St Mary's old church[edit]

St Mary's old church

The old St Marys Church was built around 1350, and replaced by a new church in the 1840s. The old church gradually fell into ruin, though there are plans to give it a new use, as a bothy on the Greensand Ridge walk.[2]

New churches[edit]

The new St Mary's church is located in the High Street in the village. It was built 1848-1849. The current rector is the Rev Dean Henley. In addition to St Mary's, which is Church of England, there is also the Clophill Methodist Church.

Public houses[edit]

  • The Flying Horse. The Green.
  • The Green Man - La Stalla (Restaurant). The Green.
  • The Stone Jug. Back Street.

Notable residents[edit]

Sports and Leisure Facilities[edit]

Both the Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through Clophill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Central Bedfordshire Council, Population of Central Bedfordshire, estimate for 2009.
  2. ^ "Locals campaign to restore Clophill church ruins". BBC Online. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 

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