Visit Clapham and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Clapham, Bedfordshire. This residential village has attractive old buildings as well as many modern ones, for it is so near to Bedford that it is almost a dormitory. A picturesque thatched cottage stands on a ford of the Ouse on the outskirts of the town.
Two features are of interest here, the most important being St Thomas of Canterbury Church with its enormous Anglo-Saxon look-out tower, added to in Norman times, and over 80 ft high. There is a triangle-headed doorway to the simple Norman tower arch, Jacobean balusters on the ladder of the tower's ringing floor and a monument to Thomas Taylor, 1689, with an inscription with drapery and an urn at the top.
Clapham Park was built in 1872 for James Howard, founder of the Bedford Britannia Ironworks. In Tudor Gothic style, it is red-bricked and gabled, and in 1965 was added a chapel, designed by Desmond Williams, circular in shape with an octagonal roof and abstract stained glass, for the Society of Daughters of the Holy Ghost.
Nearby towns: Bedford, Milton Keynes
Nearby villages: Bromham, Oakley
Have you decided to visit Clapham or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Clapham bed and breakfast (a Clapham B&B or Clapham b and b)
- a Clapham guesthouse
- a Clapham hotel (or motel)
- a Clapham self-catering establishment, or
- other Clapham accommodation