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Coordinates: 52°00′38″N 0°27′28″W / 52.010556, -0.457778
Flitton church
Church of St John the Baptist, Flitton

Bedfordshire UK location map
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Red pog.svg Flitton shown within Bedfordshire
OS grid reference TL058363
Parish Flitton and Greenfield
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BEDFORD
Postcode district MK45
Dialling code 01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Flitton (Flichtam, Fllite, Flute) is a small village in Bedfordshire, England which forms part of the parish of Flitton and Greenfield. The village derives its name from river Flit which flows close by it. It is notable primarily as the home of the De Grey Mausoleum adjacent to St John the Baptist church. Richard Milward, the editor of Selden’s Table Talk was born at Flitton in 1609. There are two pubs, The White Hart by the church hall and Jolly Coopers at Wardhedges.

Church of St John the Baptist Edit

The church, which stands on a slight mound on the west side of the village, was probably built by Edmund Grey, Earl of Kent (1465), between 1440 and 1489. It has a 27-foot (8.2 m) chancel, nave 39 feet (12 m) long with aisles, south porch and west three-stage tower with a projecting rood stair turret; the whole appears to be one built in local ironstone, embattled. On the walls of the north aisle are three fragmentary brasses commemorating: Eleanor Conquest (1434), Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Waren (1544) and Alice, wife of Reginald Hill (1594).

There are five bells, two (1902 and 1904) by Bowell of Ipswich, and three (1687) by Richard Chandler of Drayton Parslow.

The natural philosopher George Hadley (1685–1768) is buried in the chancel.

See also Edit


  • Page, William, editor: The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Bedfordshire, University of London, Dawsons, London 1972, pp 325-332
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus: The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, Penguin Books, London 1968
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