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Clophill, Bedfordshire

Historical Description

Clophill, a parish in Bedfordshire, on the river Ivel, S½ miles W of Shefford station on the M.R., and 4 E of Ampthill, under which it has a post and money order office; telegraph office, Silsoe. Acreage, 2425; population, 1068. There was anciently a small priory, and there are at Castle Hill or Cainhoe traces of an ancient castle of the Albinis. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; value, £375. Patron, Countess Cowper. The church is a handsome edifice in the Perpendicular style, built in 1848. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBedfordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishClophill St. Mary 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1568.

The Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) hold the registers for Clophill: Baptisms 1567-1966, Marriages 1567-1998, Burials 1567-1891, Banns 1840-2001. Transcripts in either book or microfiche form for registers prior to 1813 can be purchased from the BLARS (see website for details).


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary was erected in 1848 by public subscription, of the sandstone peculiar to the Wrest estate: it is in the late Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave and south aisle, with an embattled tower, containing 2 bells and octagonal tower attached rising above the former, also embattled: the old church of St. Mary (now used for burials only) contains several interesting memorial tablets to the Rev. Charles Fletcher M.A. 1753, the Rev. William Pierce Nethersole, vicar of Pulloxhill, 1799, and another to members of the family of the Rev. Ezekiel Rouse: the roof is of ancient oak.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Clophill was in Ampthill Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Clophill from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Bedfordshire is available to browse.


Online maps of Clophill are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Bedfordshire papers online:

Poor Law

Clophill was in Ampthill Poor Law Union. For further detailed history of the Ampthill Union see Peter Higginbotham's excellent resource: Ampthill Poor Law Union and Workhouse.

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitations of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582, and 1634 is available online.

CountyCentral Bedfordshire
Postal districtMK45
Post TownBedford