|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
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 .