Clophill
Clophill
Clophill is located in Bedfordshire
Clophill
Clophill
Location within Bedfordshire
Population1,750 [1]
1,738 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid referenceTL086380
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK45
Dialling code01525
PoliceBedfordshire
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire
52°01′37″N 0°25′30″W / 52.027°N 0.425°W / 52.027; -0.425

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.

The Old Rectory

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.

Entering Clophill

The contiguous housing of Clophill Road and its side streets falls into the civil and ecclesiastical parishes of Maulden.[3]

Church

St Mary's old church

St Mary's old church

Main article: St Mary's Church, Clophill

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.[4]

Active churches

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.[5]

Clophill Methodist Church has an active congregation, social meetings on site and in the schoolroom and was built in about the year 1930.[6] It joins with St Mary's Church in some major services.

Notable residents

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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 2023/24 season has nine teams (U6 to U18) playing in the Mid Beds Mini League, Chiltern Junior 7s and Beds Youth Saturday League.

In the summer of 2022, Clophill St Mary's Lower School and Clophill United joined forces to form one club affiliated with the Bedfordshire Football Association. The aim of the merger being to secure football in the village for children from reception to under 18, providing continuity for teams as they develop over the years, especially as they graduate from lower school.

Notes and references

  1. ^ A sub-tributary of the Great Ouse
  1. ^ Central Bedfordshire Council, Population of Central Bedfordshire Archived 10 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine, estimate for 2009.
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ Parish Map: Maulden The Church of England
  4. ^ "Locals campaign to restore Clophill church ruins". BBC Online. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  5. ^ Parish Map: Clophill The Church of England
  6. ^ "North Bedfordshire Circuit - The Methodist Church". www.northbedsmethodist.org.uk. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014.

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