Place:Clophill, Bedfordshire, England

Alt namesClopellesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 29
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates52.033°N 0.417°W
Located inBedfordshire, England
See alsoFlitt Hundred, Bedfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Ampthill Rural, Bedfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Mid Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 1974-2009
Central Bedfordshire District, Bedfordshire, Englandnon-metropolitan district covering the area since 2009
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Clophill is a small village and civil parish located in the Flit river valley of Bedfordshire, England. (Source: Wikipedia).

Clophill was originally an ancient parish in the Flitt Hundred of Bedfordshire, England. It was an ancient parish with no subsidiary chapelries or townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Ampthill Rural District. From 1974 until 2009 it was part of the non-metropolitan Mid Bedfordshire District and after 2009 in the Central Bedfordshire District.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Clophill from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CLOPHILL, a parish in Ampthill [registration] district, Beds; on the river Ivel, 3½ miles W of Shefford [railway] station, and 4 E of Ampthill. It has a post office under Ampthill. Acres: 2,140. Real property: £4,194. Population: 1,169. Houses: 244. 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: £422. Patron: Countess Cowper. Charities, £39. The church is a handsome edifice in the pointed style, built in 1848."

Research Tips

  • The website British History Online provides three chapters of the Victoria County History Series on Bedfordshire. The first covers the religious houses of the county; the second and third provides articles on the parishes of the county. The parishes are arranged within their "hundreds".
  • GENUKI main page for Bedfordshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • Bedfordshire family history societies are listed in GENUKI.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851. There is a list of all the parishes in existence at that date with maps indicating their boundaries. The website is very useful for finding the ecclesiastical individual parishes within large cities and towns.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Bedfordshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.