The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
Including historical descriptions, maps and statistical analysis.
To give an impression of what life was like in Clophill one hundred years ago sources from 1911 have been transcribed and interpreted.
'12 months of disastrous weather and could not get the seed in as they would have liked to do and we might expect a very bad harvest'
14th March 1910 Parish Council minutes
"At last the long drought is over, and the farmers, market gardeners and many others have been made glad by a "good rain." The quantity registered in Clophill on Sunday night and Monday was 1.4 inches. The harvest was practically finished by the end of last week before the rain. The meadows are already beginning to look green again, and the root crops will benefit enormously."
Saturday, August 26th 1911. Ampthill News
The United Kingdom heatwave of 1911 was a particularly severe heat wave and associated drought. Records were set around the country for temperature in England, including the highest July temperature of 36C (97F) in Epsom, Surrey, only broken 79 years later in the 1990 heatwave. The heatwave began around early July and ended 2 and a half months later, in mid September. By 17 July temperatures were already 27C (80F) and by 20 July there had been no rain for 20 days, meaning a drought had officially begun. In the height of the heatwave, at the end of July, temperatures were 33C (92F) in Kings Lynn, breaking all previous records in that area. The heat wave and drought continued into August, with temperatures up to 81F on 1 August continuing throughout the month in London. Even into September, the heat wave was still continuing, with temperatures up to 33C (92F) in early September. The heat wave and drought only ended on 11 September when average temperatures dropped by 20 degrees Celsius and the high pressure dominating the country receded, allowing rain over all parts of the country."