|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
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 .