Clophill shown within Bedfordshire
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|Fire||Bedfordshire and Luton|
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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.
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, there were 264 Straw Plaiters.
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.
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.
- The Flying Horse. The Green.
- The Green Man - La Stalla (Restaurant). The Green.
- The Stone Jug. Back Street.
On August 22 1961 the infamous "A6 murder" took place just north of the village at Deadman's Hill on the A6. James Hanratty a professional car thief, was convicted of the murder of Michael Gregsten at Deadman's Hill and hanged at Bedford prison on the 4th April 1962.
- Central Bedfordshire Council, Population of Central Bedfordshire, estimate for 2009.
- "Locals campaign to restore Clophill church ruins". BBC Online. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- Watt, Colin (2012-09-28). "Lost Heritage". Clophill History.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Clophill.|
- Clophill pages at the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service
- Official Clophill Village Church Website
- British History article on Clophill, excerpt from 'A History of the County of Bedford Vol 2', written 1908 by William Page Clophill History