1,738 (2011 Census)
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Clophill is a village and civil parish clustered on the north bank of the River Flit,[a] Bedfordshire, England. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Clopelle. "Clop" likely means 'tree-stump' in Old English. However, it also has cognate terms for clay, with which the soil of mid Bedfordshire is rich.
Extent and demography
In the 1851 census, the men of the parish numbered 560; of these, 238 were agricultural labourers; women numbered. In the 2011 Census the population was 1,750.
The contiguous housing of Clophill Road and its side streets falls into the civil and ecclesiastical parishes of Maulden.
St Mary's old church
The old St Mary's Church was built around 1350, and replaced by a new church in the 1840s (250 m SSW). It gradually fell into ruin, and as an inactive church, had restoration carried out for secular purposes in the early 2010s.
The new St Mary's church is in the High Street, built 1848–1849. The current rector is Rev. Lynda Klimas. It is the only church of the Church of England parish, which reflects the civil parish having the A6 Bedford Road as its western limit.
Clophill Methodist Church has an active congregation, social meetings on site and in the schoolroom and was built in about the year 1930. It joins with St Mary's Church in some major services.
Public houses and restaurants
- on the Green/High Street
- The Flying Horse
- The Green Man - 'Pub' - BURNT DOWN 21st December 2023
- on Back Street
- The Stone Jug
This article's list of residents may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (February 2018)
- Boss Meyer, educator and cricketer. Founder of Millfield School.
- David L. Englin, politician
- Leon Emirali, political commentator and entrepreneur
- Jimmy Husband, (born 15 October 1947), retired professional footballer
- John van Weenen, OMT MBE, (born 26 August 1941, Enfield, Middlesex), 8th Dan karateka and humanitarian
- Sir Douglas Frederick Howard, KCMG, MC, (15 February 1897 – 26 December 1987), diplomat
Sports and Leisure Facilities
The Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through Clophill.
The village has a youth football club called Clophill United FC. The 2020/21 season has five teams (U15s to 11s) playing in the Beds Youth Saturday League and the Chiltern Junior 7s.
Notes and References
- ^ A sub-tributary of the Great Ouse
- ^ Central Bedfordshire Council, Population of Central Bedfordshire Archived 10 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, estimate for 2009.
- ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
- ^ Parish Map: Maulden The Church of England
- ^ "Locals campaign to restore Clophill church ruins". BBC Online. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
- ^ Parish Map: Clophill The Church of England
- ^ "North Bedfordshire Circuit - The Methodist Church". www.northbedsmethodist.org.uk. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014.
- Watt, Colin (28 September 2012). "Lost Heritage". Clophill History.
- Official Clophill Parish Council Website
- 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
- Official Clophill United FC Website (Youth Teams)