|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
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 .