Bedfordshire Local History Association

BLHA Events

BLHA Spring Event 2017 – Harlington Manor

Friday, 28 April 2017, at 1.30pm

Please book by Monday 3rd April, places are strictly limited.

Harlington Manor has hall house antecedents dating from the late 14th century, but 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th century alterations and features can be seen. including Tudor work, a late Restoration dining room and possibly, two priest holes. John Bunyan was interrogated and imprisoned here, while Charles II had an easier stay.

Harlington Manor is in the village of Harlington, between Toddington and Westoning, very close to Junction 12 of the M1. Entering the village from the M1, after passing the station on the right, at the village crossroads turn left into Westoning Road. The entrance is on the left and there is limited parking – entry through the gates is by the entry phone button on the right. There is plenty of parking in the street with the alternative of the village hall car park nearby, off Sundon Road. For those visitors with satnav, the postcode is LU5 6LD. There is no wheelchair access as such and are steps in the garden, into the ground floor and various rooms. If this is a problem, some rooms will have to be seen from outside. The visit includes a tour of the house, with tea or coffee and home-made cakes and lasts approximately 2hrs 30mins. The cost is £15 per person and there is a limit of 25 visitors. Please book early to avoid disappointment: it is expected that this event will be very popular.

Apply to Colin West, BLHA, Lincoln House, 14 Fieldfare View, Wixams, Bedford MK42 6BL, include your telephone number and a cheque payable to Bedfordshire Local History Association. The deadline for applications is Monday, 3 April. To register your interest or for further details please contact Colin at or telephone, 01234 743752.



BLHA 2017 AGM and Conference



BLHA Autumn Event 2017 – Sulgrave Manor

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Our Autumn Event will be a visit to Sulgrave Manor in the afternoon of Saturday, 30 September, in south Northamptonshire, It is a Tudor and Georgian house built by the direct ancestors of George Washington, first President of the United States. Civil War, financial ruin and a shipwreck led Washington’s great-grandfather to seek a fresh start in the New World.

The visit will include a guided tour of the gardens and the house, plus a cream tea. The fee will be £15.60 per person. More information will be published in our Summer issue of HIB.