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

Historic Environment Records

Historic Environment Records or HERs are information services that provide access to comprehensive evidence about the historic environment in a particular area. They are an essential source of information for the management, ownership and understanding of the historic environment. They are maintained by local planning authorities and are used for planning and development control as well as for public benefit and educational use.

Types of Designation

Designation is a celebration of special interest, intended to ensure that the significance and character of the asset in question are protected through the planning system, to ensure they are passed on to future generations.

Buildings (and structures) are generally listed. This protection system has been in place since 1947 and operates under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. The test for listing are architectural or historic interest, if a building is felt to meet the necessary standards, it is added to the list. This decision is taken by Government (Department for Culture Media and Sport).

Archaeological sites may be scheduled. Scheduling originated in 1882 and aims to capture a sample of key sites which are carefully managed for the future. The current system operates under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979 and, unlike listing, the Secretary of State has discretion in whether to schedule a site or if another form of management is more beneficial.

Listed Buildings

There are 33 Grade II listed buildings in Clophill and one Grade II*.

They include:-

24 Houses
2 Churches
2 Public Houses
2 Barns
1 Water Mill
1 Lockup and pound
1 War memorial
1 Garden wall.

See the Listed Buildings page for more details about listing and all of the listed buildings in Clophill.

Scheduled Monuments

There are two Scheduled Monuments in Clophill.

Old St Mary's Church
Cainhoe Castle