Bedfordshire Local History Association

Research

Old Village Names

Hello. I am trying to identify a couple of villages in existence in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s. The spellings I have are various and several. The two villages in question are Smedley, and Sturtly/Sturtley/Streatly/Streatly. Any help and information would…

Kempston Cemetery

I am hoping you can help our family discover why a Great Uncle of ours is buried at Kempston. He was serving with the Royal Engineers in 1916. Name -Thomas Jenkins, Svce No.182786 .plot M 20. Was there a hospital…

Secrets of the Sands

As a representative of a local history society we thought you may be interested in the work of the Secrets of the Sands Landscape Partnership. Bedfordshire Rural Community Charity and the Greensand Trust are leading the Secrets of the Sands…

Tatterhill, Chalgrave

Can you help with an enquiry concerning Tatterhill Chalgrave.  This was a ruined farmhouse in the 1940’s but can you help with any information with who lived there or where the name came from.  Any suggestions or leads to follow…

Joe Bugner Documentary

We are currently researching a documentary film on the early years of boxer Joe Bugner, who arrived in Bedford in 1958 as a Hungarian refugee. We are looking for any historical material at all about Joe, his family, or his…

Bedford Wall of Death

My parents were wall of death riders/owners between 1929 – 1953. I know they appeared in Bedford. Can you tell me whether there are any photographs of a wall of death appearing at the fair or whether there are photographs…