Haunting of Clophill Church
NICOLA CARPENTER looks at the dark myths surrounding the disused St Mary’s Church in Clophill, Bedfordshire
Clophill a small village nestled in the Flit River Valley in Bedfordshire, first became infamous when James Hanraty chose to murder his victim Michael Gregsten near by in an A6 lay by named Deadman’s Hill. Maybe it was this sudden connection with a violent death that brought about the desecration of the old abandoned church and its graveyard.
St Mary’s Church in Clophill is thought to be around 400 years old. It was abandoned as a church in 1848, when it became too small to serve the village congregation and a new Victorian church was built in the centre of town.