Bedfordshire Local History Association

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 back to a village of tenant farmers, agricultural labourers and lace-makers. It tells of the changes brought about by the Russell Dukes of Bedford, why they sold the village, and what has shaped it since that time. In telling the story of Willington, this book serves as an example of the wider political, economic and social trends affecting England in the nineteenth century. Read more

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