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St Mary's Old Church
Grid reference: TL086380
Location: 52°1’38"N, 0°25’29"W
Population: 1,750  (2009 est.)
Post town: Bedford
Postcode: MK45
Dialling code: 01525
Local Government
Council: Central Bedfordshire
Mid Bedfordshire

Clophill is a small village in the Flit river valley in Bedfordshire. The village formerly belonged to a group of two or three hamlets – Beadlow, Cainhoe and possibly Moddry. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Clopelle; meaning 'Tree-stump Hill'.

The Domesday Book entry reads: Clopelle: Nigel d'Aubigny.

In the 1851 census, out of a total male population in Clophill of 560, there were some 238 agricultural labourers; some years later in 1871 census, out of a total female population in Clophill of 655.


  • Church of England:
    • St Mary's old church (abandoned)
    • St Mary the Virgin
  • Clophill Methodist Church

The old St Marys Church was built around 1350, and replaced by a new church in the 1840s. The old church gradually fell into ruin, though there are plans to give it a new use, as a bothy on the Greensand Ridge walk.[1]

The new St Mary's church is in the High Street in the village. It was built 1848-1849. It incorporates mediæval beams from the old church. The East Window is from the modern era.

Public houses

  • The Flying Horse
  • The Green Man - La Stalla (Restaurant)
  • The Stone Jug

Outside links

Entering Clophill
("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Clophill)