About Cople

Cople is situated around 4 miles east of the County town of Bedford, in Bedfordshire, England, 50 miles (80 Kms) north of London.

We are 7 miles from the A1 (the Great North Road) which offers direct routes to London and Scotland. The M1 is 15 miles to the west.

The Great River Ouse is 1.5 miles away.

The village has a population of around 750 people, 335 houses, one pub, one church, one primary school (ages 4 to 9) and one garage which no longer sells petrol. The only village shop closed in 1995, but there is a shop in the near by village of Willington and a major supermarket 3 miles away

Cople has traditionally been a farming community but farming no longer offers work to many people. Most inhabitants work in from home and in offices and factories in nearby towns including Bedford, Sandy, Luton and Milton Keynes.

Ged’s Census Data

Ged Peeke has kindly collected and collated a considerable amount of Cople Census and statistical data…

Population and Housing 1801 – 1911 report

Population and Housing Census 1801 to 2011, from each 10-year census report

1831 census report

The 2001 Census data for Cople in this pdf. Please see Ged’s article in the May 2014 Cople News

Census 2011, interesting facts and figures of Cople generated by The Bedford Borough Council from the web pages

Area Map

Cople map

  1. Nature reserve
  2. Toll House
  3. All Saints Church and Bier House
  4. Cople School
  5. Five Bells Pub
  6. Coach House, Woodlands Close
  7. Water End
  8. Village Hall

Aerial Photo

Aerial photo

This picture was taken from an airship in June 2004. The ship was on trials after being built in the nearby Cardington hangers.

The photo shows the lower half of the Area map (see above), from just above number 4 down to number 7 with the estate at number 6 occupying the main centre ground of the photo.

At the bottom of the picture is Water End (number 7). Moving up from here is Woodlands Close (number 6), Northill Road, The Church (number 3), pub and School with Willington Road disappearing out of the top of the shot.

Picture kindly supplied by Mr D Cole

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