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Coordinates: 51°55′52″N 0°35′11″W / 51.9311°N 0.5865°W / 51.9311; -0.5865

Hockliffe is located in Bedfordshire

 Hockliffe shown within Bedfordshire
Population 770 [1]
OS grid reference SP972267
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LU7
Dialling code 01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament South West Bedfordshire
List of places: UK • England • Bedfordshire

Hockliffe is a village in Bedfordshire on the crossroads of the A5 road which lies upon the course of the roman road known as Watling Street and the A4012 road.

It is about four miles east of Leighton Buzzard. Nearby places are Eggington, Battlesden, Toddington, Tebworth, and Tilsworth.


Clipstone Brook

There was a term applied from the 1700s which was "as straight as Hockley Brook" because of the meandering bends of the said brook. The correct name of the brook is the Clipstone Brook. The first field (though in the parish of Chalgrave) is still known by locals as the Old Ride, due to the original crossing of the brook of the original Woburn Road the later road being constructed in the 1800's through to the second Battlesden road turning near to the village of Milton Bryan. The new Woburn Road is about a hundred yards to the west, from the said crossing and is now used by farm vehicles over a newer bridge. The secondfield was known as Horseshoe Corner as the brook was shaped like a horseshoe before it was straightened out by a farmer after WWII.

Hockliffe Radio Station

During the Second World War a Czechoslovak military intelligence wireless transmission station was situated just outside Hockliffe.[2][3] The station was constructed by the Special Operations Executive in 1942 exclusively for Czech intelligence services. The station was used to contact Czech embassies in such countries as Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Eleven men operated the station until June 1945, when they were able to return to their country.[4]


  1. ^ Bedfordshire County Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for 2007.
  2. ^ Neil Rees (compiler), The Secret History of The Czech Connection – The Czechoslovak Government in Exile in London and Buckinghamshire, England, 2005, ISBN 0-9550883-0-5.
  3. ^ Jean Yates and Sue King (compilers), Dunstable and District at War from Eyewitness Accounts, Book Castle, 2006, ISBN 1-903747-79-1, pages 276–283.
  4. ^ "Hockliffe Radio Station" (in English). Czechs in Exile. Czechoslovak Government in Exile Research Society. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-10.  

Further reading

  • S. Coleman, Hockliffe, Bedfordshire County Council (Bedfordshire Parish Surveys, Historic Landscape and Archaeology, 1), 1983, ISBN 0-907041-08-6.

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