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Flitton is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL058363
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK45
Dialling code01525
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°00′38″N 0°27′28″W / 52.010556°N 0.457778°W / 52.010556; -0.457778Coordinates: 52°00′38″N 0°27′28″W / 52.010556°N 0.457778°W / 52.010556; -0.457778

Flitton (Flichtam, Fllite, Flute) is a small village in Bedfordshire, England which forms part of the parish of Flitton and Greenfield. The village derives its name from river Flit which flows close by it.[citation needed] It is notable primarily as the home of the De Grey Mausoleum adjacent to St John the Baptist church. Richard Milward, the editor of Selden's Table Talk was born at Flitton in 1609. There are two pubs, The White Hart by the church hall and Jolly Coopers at Wardhedges. The annual ‘Gala’ and ‘Potato Race’ are two of the main events that happen in the village.

The village was struck by an F1/T2 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.[1]

MK Dons leading goalscorer Izale McLeod lived on Flitton Hill during his second spell with the club in 2013–14.

Church of St John the Baptist[edit]

The church, which stands on a slight mound on the west side of the village, was probably built by Edmund Grey, Earl of Kent (1465), between 1440 and 1489. It has a 27-foot (8.2 m) chancel, nave 39 feet (12 m) long with aisles, south porch and west three-stage tower with a projecting rood stair turret; the whole appears to be one built in local ironstone, embattled. On the walls of the north aisle are three fragmentary brasses commemorating: Eleanor Conquest (1434), Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Waren (1544) and Alice, wife of Reginald Hill (1594).

There are six bells, (five dated 1902 and one 1904) by Bowell of Ipswich; they replaced five of 1687 by Richard Chandler of Drayton Parslow.

The natural philosopher and meteorologist George Hadley (1685–1768) is buried in the chancel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "European Severe Weather Database". Eswd.eu. Retrieved 9 October 2018.


  • Page, William, editor: The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Bedfordshire, University of London, Dawsons, London 1972, pp 325–332
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus: The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, Penguin Books, London 1968, ISBN 9780140710342