Bedfordshire Local History Association

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…

Bedfordshire Archaeology Journal: Free Downloads

Dear CBA South Midlands member, Having recently had all the back issues of the Bedfordshire Archaeology journal scanned, plus some of the Bedfordshire Archaeology monographs, I’ve added them to our website at http://www.archaeologyuk.org/cbasm/Journals.htm where they can be freely downloaded.  Only…

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…