Campton Plantation
Sandy Smith
Nature Reserve

Parish Plan
Miss Campton
The Mystery Lady

Black squirrel of Campton
caught on camera

Our namesake
Campton New Hampshire

Sketches by local artist
Local Author of writes books
about her time in Lesotho

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. Robert Bloomfield (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 .


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