Greenfield, Bedfordshire

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Greenfield is located in Bedfordshire
 Greenfield shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL053063
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°00′10″N 0°27′57″W / 52.00274°N 0.46576°W / 52.00274; -0.46576

Greenfield is a small village about 2 km (1.2 mi) from the town of Flitwick in Bedfordshire, England.

It lies across Flitwick Moor from the larger town and is on the opposite side of the River Flit. It forms part of the parish of Flitton and Greenfield. Due to closures, there is now only one public house in Greenfield called The Compasses. Having been closed for several years the White Hart pub in Flitton reopened in January 2007 as a Gastro-pub. Two former pubs, a post office, the village store (formerly Cockroft's), and the old village school are now private houses. A new village school was built on Pulloxhill road during the 1960s.

Greenfield was expanded in the 19th century as a Methodist settlement alongside the Church of England settlement at Flitton. Flitton and Greenfield are essentially contiguous and share a village hall and recreation ground.

The area was once well known as a strawberry producing area, and the fields were full of strawberry plants on either side of the main road. Carts would take the strawberries to Luton until the 1920s when a blight destroyed the crop.

The main street (High Street) has junctions with Pulloxhill road, leading to the village of Pulloxhill, School Lane, the site of the old village school, and Mill Lane, which was until the 1960s a cart route to Maulden and Ampthill.

Greenfield Mill, 1900.

Mill Lane was named after the watermill that milled wheat and barley corn until the 1960s and was located at the bottom of the lane. The mill was fed by a pond, now a stream at the west side of the lane, and the outflow ran downhill into a ford, that is now a stream that leads to a water pumping station. That mill was built in the mid 19th century, although the records of Dunstable Priory indicate that there has been a mill on the site since at least year 1234. The later mill was derelict from 1956 to 1971 when it was demolished. Local legend has it that the ghosts of two grain-delivery men on a horse-drawn cart can be seen or heard chatting and traveling up the lane at twilight. Also, when the spring rains flood the stream, the millpond returns and it is said that the mill wheel can be heard running and grinding corn.

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