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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…

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…

John Bunyan’s Education

I am currently undertaking research into John Bunyan’s education and although there is no reliable information that I have found with regard to where and if he actually attended formal schooling, I am interested in two sites. The first is…

Atkinson’s Store in Dunstable

Trying to locate Atkinson’s Store in Dunstable I believe my great-grandparents, William Thomas Reed Atkinson and Mary Atkinson, nee Camper, once had a general store in Dunstable, and my brother and I are trying to determine its location. I’ve attached…

Ampthill – St Andrews Church

I’m currently researching family history and would like to find a photograph or a portrait of the Rev. Robert Gambier Green (1842-1874) who I understand was vicar of Ampthill from 1866-68 and 1872-74. Very many thanks. Chris     01234 771536      chris@seiswise.com

The Bedfordshire Malherbes

Gordon Reeves is researching the history of the Anglo-Norman family of Malherbe (also spelt Malerbe) that flourished between the 12th and 16th centuries in various English counties. They were particularly prevalent in Bedfordshire, e.g., in Carlton, Bromham, Goldington and Kempston…

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