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Grid reference: TL124389
Location: 52°2’13"N, 0°21’36"W
Population: 1,699  (2011[1])
Post town: Shefford
Postcode: SG17
Dialling code: 01462
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
Mid Bedfordshire

Chicksands is a village in the Clifton Hundred of Bedfordshire. It forms part of the civil parish of Campton and Chicksands, whose population in 2011 was 1,699.[1] The village is on the River Flit and close to Campton and the town of Shefford.

Chicksands is mentioned in the Domesday Book the entry reads: Chichesana/e: William de Cairon from Bishop of Lincoln; Three freemen and Walter from Azelina, Ralph Tailbois' wife (it is of her dowry). Mill.[2]

Chicksands was the site of RAF Chicksands, an RAF station during World War II. The station was used by the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1995.[3] It was the location for its first huge FLR-9 direction-finding antenna from 1963 to 1995. The antenna was known as the 'Elephant Cage' and was dismantled before the USAF left in 1995.[4] It is now home to the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG) and the Headquarters of the British Army's Intelligence Corps.[5]

Chicksands Priory, a monastic house built in 1150, is located within the grounds of the Joint Intelligence Training Group.[6] It is opened to the public, by appointment only, on the 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons, April–October.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Campton & Chicksands". Office for National Statistics of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  2. "Chicksands in 1086". Bedfordshire Borough Council. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  3. Beatty, Gavin (2010). Bedfordshire - Defence Intelligence and Security Centre. Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom). 67. 
  4. "Chicksands Wood". Visit Shefford. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. "Campton & Chicksands Parish Plan". Campton & 2010. p. 3. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  6. "Chicksands Priory". Historic England. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  7. "Visiting Chicksands Priory". Fiends of Chicksands Priory. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 

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