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Campton church
Campton is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
OS grid referenceTL0523
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSG17
Dialling code01462
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°01′44″N 0°21′29″W / 52.029°N 0.358°W / 52.029; -0.358Coordinates: 52°01′44″N 0°21′29″W / 52.029°N 0.358°W / 52.029; -0.358

Campton is a village in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is part of the civil parish of Campton and Chicksands (population 1,700)[1] with the nearby Chicksands. It is about 9 miles (14 km) south of Bedford, and is about 9 miles (14 km) north-west from Letchworth and sits on a tributary of the River Ivel.[2] It is just to the west of Shefford. The 13th century Church of All Saints is in the centre of the village.[3]

Campton is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The entry reads: Chambeltone: Ralph de Lanquetot from Walter Giffard; Fulbert from Willian d'Eu; Thurstan.[4] The name Campton is derived from a British stream name similar to the name Camel in Cornwall.[5]

Chicksands is to the north of the village, and consists almost entirely of the wooded Chicksands Priory estate. It was used as an American military base until 1995[6] and returned to the British military. If was first reopened as the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) in 1997,[7] which in turn became the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG) in 2015.[8]

For local government purposes it forms part of Central Bedfordshire Council and is within the Mid Bedfordshire parliamentary constituency, whose MP is currently Nadine Dorries of the Conservative Party.[9]


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  2. ^ "Campton & Chicksands - Home Page". Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ Historic England. "PARISH CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS (1113722)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Campton Domesday Book". Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  5. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  6. ^ "School to Fight Merger". Biggleswade Chronicle. 29 July 1994. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Defence Intelligence and Security Centre annual report and accounts to March 2005" (PDF). July 2005. p. 4. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Bedfordshire - Joint Intelligence Training Group Chicksands" (PDF). Sanctuary (44): 74. 2015. ISSN 0959-4132.
  9. ^ "Nadine Dorries MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 January 2016.

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