The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.


This website was created to display information about Clophill's history. The Site Map shows the hierarchical plan of the pages. How to use this site


Heritage is that part of history that we feel personally connected with. It may be the buildings and other objects that remind us of our past. It could be memories, customs and other valued reminders.


The Village

Clophill is a linear village with its High Street of three quarters of a mile lying between the River Flit valley to the south and the Greensand Ridge to the north. There is a secondary residential area mostly along Back Street. The village has developed by infill, but it used to be much more open with fields between the High Street and Back Street.

Clophill has a long history. There is evidence for a Roman road running east-west through the village. In the Domesday book of 1086, the village is called Clopelle, which means “tree-stump hill”. Near Top Farm at Beadlow, is the site of the Benedictine Priory of Beaulieu which was founded between 1140 and 1146 by Robert D'Albini. At Cainhoe Castle is the remains of a motte and bailey castle dating from the Norman Conquest.



Learn about Clophill's history by following the Heritage Trail along the High Street. You can download a guide. There is also a Children's Trail, an i-spy quiz for your children to do as you follow the Heritage Trail.

Explore the attractive countryside around Clophill, by following the five Clophill Discovery Walks. Download and print a guide.

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Old Photos

Mike Pearson's "Clophill- A Photographic History" has been recreated here as the original site was taken down. There are over 200 photos of old Clophill.

It is arranged by time period with the locations of the photos shown on a map of the period.

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World War One

Week by week account and details of all those from Clophill who died.

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Family History

There is a lot of information on this site that could be of interest to people tracing their family tree. It includes Censuses and Burials.

To search all the pages on the site enter a word (such as a surname) in the box and click the search button.

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Rectors, Teachers, a Shopkeeper, Farmer, Naval Officer, Soldier, Highway Man and a Tramp

Stories by and of people who have lived in Clophill.

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Shops, Schools, Pubs, Churches, Mills, Workhouse and a Castle.

The descriptions of Listed Buildings tells us something about the old buildings in the village.

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107 years ago

See the interactive map which brings together the information in the 1911 Census with the 1910 Finance Act survey and tells us who owned what in the village.

Transcripts from the Ampthill News, the Parish Council minutes, the Census and Kelly's Directory show what life was like in 1911.

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If you are looking for particular information look at the resources page which includes census transcripts and other primary data.

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