Clapham, Bedfordshire

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Church, Clapham (geograph 3635720).jpg
Parish church
Clapham is located in Bedfordshire
Clapham shown within Bedfordshire
Population 3,643 (2001)
4,560 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TL024529
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK41
Dialling code 01234
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°09′54″N 0°30′07″W / 52.164892°N 0.501964°W / 52.164892; -0.501964Coordinates: 52°09′54″N 0°30′07″W / 52.164892°N 0.501964°W / 52.164892; -0.501964

Clapham is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England. It had a population of 3,643 as at the 2001 census,[2] increasing to 4,560 at the 2011 Census.[1]


Clapham has a few small shops; including a post office, takeaways (Chinese, Indian and fish and chips), a cafe, florist and two hairdresser; it also has two churches, including the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury which is a grade I listed building. It has its own lower school for children aged 4–9, Ursula Taylor Lower School. In the nearby village of Oakley is Lincroft Middle School for children aged 9–13. It has three pubs, the Horse and Groom, the Fox and Hounds and the Star; there was also a club called "Clapham Club" now turned into a Tesco Express store, and an Italian restaurant, Bellini's.

RAF Twinwood Control Tower, restored in 2002

RAF Twinwood Farm, a disused airfield on the western outskirts of the village, is where the famous bandleader Glenn Miller took off on his last fateful flight, having performed for the American soldiers based at the airfield (51 Operational Training Unit ROYAL AIR FORCE was the main unit based at Twinwood Farm) and at Bedford Corn Exchange. The Glenn Miller Museum is now open on site with many events taking place during the summer months.

Clapham Park, a large new country house, was built by James Howard, member of parliament for Bedford, in 1872.

There is also a derelict Italian POW camp, which is now owned by a farmer and has been the victim of graffiti artists.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Clapham has a King George V Field in memorial to King George V. Recently, Towers Gymnasium and Health Club has been built on the road between Clapham and Bedford. It has a Swimming Pool, Sauna, Tennis court and gym equipment.

Twinwoods hosts an annual Folk Music Festival, called the Twinwoods Festival, typically over the August Bank Holiday weekend.


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Clapham (CP) Parish". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2008. 

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