1,738 (2011 Census)
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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.
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.
The contiguous housing of Clophill Road and its side streets falls into the civil and ecclesiastical parishes of Maulden.
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.
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.
Clophill Methodist Church has an active congregation, social meetings on site and in the schoolroom and was built in about the year 1930. It joins with St Mary's Church in some major services.
The Greensand Ridge Walk and the Greensand Cycle Way pass through Clophill.
The village has a youth football club called Clophill United FC. The 2020/21 season has five teams (U15s to 11s) playing in the Beds Youth Saturday League and the Chiltern Junior 7s.