Bedfordshire Local History Association

Views of Old Bedfordshire

BLHA member, Mr John Day, has spent the past five years developing a website  containing old images of Ampthill where he lived for over 50 years. It’s a  voluntary enterprise to reflect his interest in pictorial history and to keep …

Cleveland Street Workhouse saved

CLEVELAND STREET WORKHOUSE SAVED AND A NEW BOOK AND PLAQUE The extraordinary history of the Workhouse which has now been saved, and the four plus years of Charles Dickens’s life only a few doors away, has been researched and written…

Willington and the Russells

Willington Local History Group is offering a new book, Willington and the Russells by Chairman, Robert Bollington. It tells the story of Willington from 1774 to 1902 when it formed part of the Duke of Bedford’s Estates. It takes us…

Romany Families in South East England

RESEARCH Romany Families in South East England I am carrying out postgraduate research into Romany families in South East England. One extended kinship group bearing the interchangeable surnames Draper/Parker & Loveridge seem to be associated with Ampthill and the surrounding…