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[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]

CLOPHILL, a parish in the hundred of FLITT, county of BEDFORD, 1¾ mile (N. by E.) from Silsoe, containing 838 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 12, and in the patronage of the Countess De Grey. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, stands upon an eminence at some distance from the village. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. The river Ivel passes through the parish. At Cainhoe are vestiges of the ancient moated Castle of the Barons d'Albini; the hill on which it stood is high and steep and overgrown, with coppice wood. Here was a religious house, probably a cell to St. Alban's abbey.

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