|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
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
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 .