|The Parish of Campton and
Chicksands (which was formed in 1985) is situated
approximately 9 miles southeast of the town
of Bedford, 13 miles from Junction 13 on the
M1 and 7 miles from Junction 10 on the A1.
The village of Campton is built
around the 13th
century All Saints' Church and stands on
a tributary of the river Ivel. It has a number
of old and interesting buildings including
The Manor house, built in 1591, and a 18th century Rectory.
(1766-1823), a poet, renowned for
his poem 'The Farmer's Boy' is buried in All Saints'
churchyard. Today, the village Consists of approximately
200 dwellings, a public house, a lower school,
a village hall and a recreation ground. It has a thriving
community with many clubs and societies.
Chicksands adjoins to the northern
edge of the village,
and consists almost entirely of the wooded
Chicksands Priory estate. It was an American
military base until 1995 then reopened
as the British Intelligence & Security Centre
in 1997. The Priory (which was granted the Gilbertine
Order in 1150) can be visited by appointment arranged
by 'The Friends
of Chicksands'. Mid Beds Council Offices are situated at
Chicksands along with appoximately 100 ex-ministry
houses which have been sold to the public and are
occupied privately .