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The October 2017 Edition
Local History Magazine

Bedford Local History Magazine celebrating Bedford’s rich history. This packed issue features six significant ‘Bedford’ women, shopping in Georgian Bedford, ‘Holidays at Home’ in Bedford during the Second World War, and a handy checklist of the town’s commemorative plaques, plus reviews of recent publications.

Stuart Antrobus:
Some Significant Women with Bedford Connections.
Bob Ricketts:
‘Consuming passions’ – Shops & Shopping in Georgian Bedford (1714-1837).
Stuart Antrobus:
‘Holidays at Home’ in Bedford during the Second World War.
Stuart Antrobus:
Bedford’s Commemorative Plaques.

Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
David Ingham (editor): Bedfordshire Archaeology, Volume 27.
David Ingham, Jeremy Oetgen & Anna Slowikowski: Newnham: a Roman bath house and estate centre east of Bedford.
Richard Morgan: New Light on Dr. George Witt, 1804-69, Part 2.

About Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society.
Royal Flying Corps Home Defence Squadron 75 – Goldington.

The next edition, published in April 2018, will include details of the first radio broadcast performances of classical music works in the United Kingdom, transmitted from Bedford during the Second Word War; the history of Putnoe – from hamlet to suburb; the next in the series of guides for local historians; reviews and much more.

The Bedford Local History Magazine is free to members of BAALHS. For information, including to contribute articles, please contact the Editor at:

How to obtain copies of the Magazine.
By Post, Bob Ricketts, 68 Mendip Crescent, Bedford, MK41 9EP. Please enclose cheque for £5 made payable to BAALHS (includes postage) and also include a forwarding address. Back issues are available.

From the Eagle Bookshop,
103 Castle Road Bedford, MK40 3QP.
Price £3.50.
(They always have a large selection of local books on display).