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Bedford Local History Magazine from Volume 93 April 2014.
(published by BAALHS)

Bedford Architectural Archaeological & Local History Society (BAALHS) Newsletter Volume 82 October 2008 - Volume 92 October 2013.

Bedford Archaeological & Local History Society (BALHS) Newsletter
Volume 51 October 1992 - Volume 81 April 2008.

Bedford Archaeological Society (BAS) Newsletter
Volume 39 October 1986 - Volume 50 April 1992.

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Bedford Local History Magazine 100 October 2017.
Some Significant Women with Bedford Connections by Stuart Antrobus.
‘Consuming passions’ – Shops & Shopping in Georgian Bedford (1714-1837) by Bob Ricketts.
‘Holidays at Home’ in Bedford during the Second World War by Stuart Antrobus.
Bedford’s Commemorative Plaques by Stuart Antrobus.
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.

Royal Flying Corps Home Defence Squadron 75 – Goldington.

Bedford Local History Magazine 99 April 2017.
“A bookless town” – Bedford’s Libraries, 1700 to 1972 by Bob Ricketts.
Searching for a “Des Res” in 1910 – McConnells Property Register, July 1910 by Bob Ricketts.
The Statue of Sir William Harpur That Bedford Missed Out On by Stuart Antrobus.
Bedford-born military hero is recognised by a blue memorial plaque by Stuart Antrobus.
“From our Cardington Correspondent” by Stuart Antrobus.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
An Unassuming County: The Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside by Brian Kerr.
War-Torn Skies, Bedfordshire by Paul Johnson.
New Light on Dr George Witt, 1804-69, Part I by Richard Morgan.

A guide to local & family history resources at Bedford Central Library.
Details of Bedfordshire Local History Association Annual Conference.

Bedford Local History Magazine 98 October 2016.
The Life, Times & Campaigns of William Roff by Bob Ricketts.
How to speak "Bedfordshire" - Thomas Bachelor's "An Orthoepical Analysis of the Dialect
of Bedfordshire" by Bob Ricketts.
The Gentlemen's Magazine: possible uses to local historians by Stuart Antrobus.
Batt's Ford. Fords, Fallacies, Filth and Ferries by Alan Crawley.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
The Parish of St. Lawrence, Willington, its Church And Vicars by Gordon Vowles.
Poachers, Thugs and Thieves. A history of crime in North Bedfordshire by Des Hoar.


Bedford Local History Magazine 97 April 2016.
Votes for Women - the suffrage movement in Bedford by Bob Ricketts.
Life on the Home Front in Bedford during the Great War: What local newspaper advertisements
tell us, 1914 - 18 by Stuart Antrobus.
Public Transport in 19th Century Bedford by Alan Crawley.
That 'Eureka' moment. (Further information into the history of 1-4 St Paul's Square) by Pamela Birch.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
Bedford's Musical Society (BHRS Vol. 94) by Michael Benson.
The fortunes of Sandy Baptist Church in the later nineteenth century by Peter Steere.
The Bedford Chronicles (The Story so far ...) by Karen Frye & Alasdair Bright.


Bedford Local History Magazine 96 October 2015.
Howbury Hall & Estate, Renhold, 1603 - 1939 by Bob Ricketts.
Elementary Education in Ampthill until the Twentieth Century by Penny Stanbridge.
A dip into the historic postcard photograph collection at Bedford Central Library by Stuart Antrobus.
The rescue of 1 - 4 St Paul's Square by Nancy Clare Falloon.
1 - 4 St Paul's Square, Bedford, 555 years of the properties and their people by Pamela Birch.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
The Rise of Methodism A Study of Bedforshire 1736 - 1851 by Jonathan Rodell.
A Visit to Japan in 1906 by Dorothy Shuttleworth. Marion Maule (editor).
Willington in the Eighteenth Century The Marlborough period and Willington and the Russells by Robert Bollington.


Bedford Local History Magazine 95 April 2015.
Bedford Workhouse Boy Wins the Victoria Cross by Stuart Antrobus.
Zeppelin Scares and Raids in Bedfordshire by Bob Ricketts.
Dame Alice Street in Earlier Times by Alan Crawley.
Bedford's Roman Villa by Elizabeth Sayer.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
Pride of Peacocks: A memoir of a Bedford firm of auctioneers, estate agents and surveyors By Keith Lazenby.
Old Warden Tales of Tenants & Squires by Christine Hill.
Open Fields of England by David Hall.


Bedford Local History Magazine 94 October 2014.
"This is where we came in" - The Development of Cinema in Bedford by Stuart Antrobus.
The Rise and Fall of the Ouse Navigation to Bedford by Bob Ricketts.
Book Review by Bob Ricketts:
The Buildings Of England Bedfordshire Huntingdonshire and Peterborough
by Charles O'Brien and Nikolaus Pevsner.


Bedford Local History Magazine 93 April 2014.
A Tour of Biddenham in 1891 - Part 1 by Bob Ricketts.
A Brief History of Hockliffes, Bookseller by Bob Ricketts.
Mill Street in Earlier Times by Alan Crawley.
Book Review by Bob Ricketts:
Bedford Town Centre Statues: A Self-Guided Walk with Street Map by Stuart Antrobus.
Newport Pagnell Cromwell's Garrison Town by Jack Reynolds.
Willington and the Danes Myth and Reality by Gordon Vowles.


BAALHS Newsletter 92 October 2013.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:The Castles of Bedfordshire by James Scott Petre.
A History of Silsoe by Roger Bradshaw. The Village of Biddenham Through the Ages
by Katherine Fricker, Mary McKeown &Diana Toyn.

Policing Victorian Bedford - Part 3 by Bob Ricketts.
Silent Faces - Part 2 by Stuart Antrobus.
A Short History: (8) Cardington Bridge by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 91 April 2013.
Book Review by Bob Ricketts: Haunted Bedford by William H. King.
Our Society is 125 years old by Sylvia Woods & Bob Ricketts.
A Visit to Thurleigh in 1919 by Bob Ricketts.
What Bradshaw said about Bedford by Bob Ricketts.
The Story of a Vacant Plot (at the foot of Bedford Bridge) by Alan Crawley.
Policing Victorian Bedford - Part 2 by Bob Ricketts.
Silent Faces - Part 1 by Stuart Antrobus.
Mark Rutherford by Nick Wilde.

BAALHS Newsletter 90 October 2012.
Policing Victorian Bedford - Part 1 by Bob Ricketts.
A Short History: (7) The Clarence Hotel.
From the archives - a visit to Millbrook in 1919 by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 89 April 2012.
Book Review by Alan Cox: Bedford Then & Now in Colour by Richard Wildman and Alan Crawley.
Bedford and the Limpet Mine by Alan Crawley.
A Short History: (5) The Swan Hotel by Bob Ricketts.
A Short History: (6) Waterloo - "A place where every description of vice abounds" by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 88 October 2011.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts: Murder in Flitwick Wood by Mark Steinhardt.
The Curious Mr Howard Legendary Prison Reformer by Tessa White.

Book Review by Stuart Antrobus: Prisoners of War in Bedfordshire by Stephen Risby.
The Motor Meet of 1899 by Alan Crawley.
How Bedford celebrated the peace in 1814 by Bob Ricketts.
John Bull - Bedford's oldest Jewellery firm by Stuart Antrobus.
A Short History: (3) Bedford Park by Bob Ricketts.
A Short History: (4) Chetham, Sons & Biffen by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 87 April 2011.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts: The Reverend Augustus Orrlebar by Gordon Vowles.
Bedford St Luke's A Bit of Church History by David Bunney.
Barmy Bedfordshire by Dick Dawson.

The R101 & 136 Goldington Road, Bedford by Alan Crawley.
Two visits to Britannia Ironworks by Bob Ricketts.
A Short History: (1) Putnoe Wood by Bob Ricketts.
A Short History: (2) The Falcon Inn, Bletsoe by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 86 October 2010.
A Tour of Goldington in April 1891: Part II by Bob Ricketts.
Stories from the grave: the Obituaries Index at Bedford Central Library by Stuart Antrobus.

BAALHS Newsletter 85 April 2010.
A Tour of Goldington in April 1891: Part I by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 84 October 2009.
Book Review by Bob Ricketts:The Windmills and Watermills of Bedfordshire by Hugh Howes.
Egg on the Screen by Dick Gardener (the last chief projectionist at the Granada Cinema, Bedford).
Fasionable interests - antiquarianism & archaeology in Georgian and Victorian Bedford by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 83 April 2009.
Bedford's last Town Crier by Bob Ricketts.
The politics of water - battles for Bedford's water supply by Bob Ricketts.

BAALHS Newsletter 82 October 2008.
Book Review by Bob Ricketts: The Bousfield Diaries; a middle class family in late Victorian Bedford.
The Laxtons in Bedford (1879 - 1957) by Bob Ricketts.

BALHS Newsletter 81 April 2008.
Bedford Racecourse (1730 - 1873) by Bob Ricketts.
Book Review by Alan Cox: Bedford 50 Years Ago by the late Victor J. Farrar.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts: Lost Villages of Bedforshire by Dick Dawson; Spy Capital by Stephen Bunker.
Book Review by Sylvia Woods: Bernard West's Bedfordshire, Gordon Vowles (ed.).

BALHS Newsletter 80 October 2007.
The Bedford Saxon Sword by Alan Crawley.
Book Review by Sylvia Woods: My Neck of the Woods - a childhood in Bedford's Black Tom by Violet Tompkins.
The History of Bedford's Post - Part Two by Bob Ricketts.

BALHS Newsletter 79 April 2007. (First of the A4 format)
Bedford Bridge by Bob Ricketts.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts: From Saxons to Speed: A New History of Old Bedford by Dr Ian Freeman.
Sam Whitbread: Plain Mr. Whitbread: Seven Centuries of a Bedfordshire Family.


BALHS Newsletter 78 October 2006. (Last of the A5 format)
The Shefford Murderers, or the sad case of Mary Rainbow by Nick Wilde.

BALHS Newsletter 77 April 2006.
The Restoration of Moggerhanger House by Bob Ricketts.
Straw-Plaiting by Margaret Carpenter.
'Haste Post Haste' - The History of Bedford's Post. Part One by Bob Ricketts.

BALHS Newsletter 76 October 2005.
A Short History of the House of Industry and the Workhouse in Bedford by Margaret Carpenter.

BALHS Newsletter 75 April 2005.
The Wagstaffes of Ravensden by Dr. I. P. Freeman.
The Bedford Storm of 1672 by Bob Ricketts.
The Tracking Down of a Lost Railway Engine by Alan Crawley.

BALHS Newsletter 74 October 2004.
Bedford's Victorian and Edwardian Sub-Post Offices by Bob Ricketts.
78 Derngate by Bob Rickets.

BALHS Newsletter 73 October 2003.
Bedford's Motoring Heritage by Richard Wildman and Alan Crawley.

BALHS Newsletter 72 April 2003.
Letters to New Brunswick (1838-45): A Diary of Life and Times in Milton Ernest (2) by Bob Ricketts.

BALHS Newsletter 71 October 2002.
Bedford Middle Class Public School by Sylvia Woods.
Shannon (An engine on the Sandy to Potton railway) by Alan Crawley.

BALHS Newsletter 70 April 2002.
Howard Congregational Church, Mill Street, Bedford - Some Historical Background by Stephen Coleman.

BALHS Newsletter 69 Ocober 2001.
Letters to New Brunswick (1839 - 1845): A Diary of Life and Times in Milton Ernest (1) by Bob Ricketts.

BALHS Newsletter 68 April 2001.
The Chapel of Herne, alais St. Mary Angulo by Dr. Ian P. Freeman.

BALHS Newsletter 67 October 2000.
The "Pre-History" of the Suspension Bridge by Dr. Ian P. Freeman.
A Brief History of St. Leonard's Hospital, Bedford by Stephen R. Coleman.

BALHS Newsletter 66 April 2000.
Society news and details of events only.

BALHS Newsletter 65 October 1999.
From the Archives (2) by Alan Crawley.

BALHS Newsletter 64 April 1999.
From the Archives (1) by Alan Crawley.

BALHS Newsletter 63 October 1998.
Postscript on the Old George by Ian Freeman.

BALHS Newsletter 62 April 1998.
Some Commercial History in St. Mary's Street, Bedford by Stephen Coleman.

BALHS Newsletter 61 October 1997.
Bedford by Gas Light - 1833 to 1900 by Jack Clark.
The Angel and the George in Bedford by Ian Freeman.

BALHS Newsletter 60 April 1997.
The Cardington Cross - The Final Move by Jack Clark.

BALHS Newsletter 59 October 1996.
The River Port of Bedford by Jack Clark.

BALHS Newsletter 58 April 1996.
Some Clocks and Clockmakersof Old Bedford by Jack Clark.

BALHS Newsletter 57 October 1995.
Bedford to London - by Stage Coach by Jack Clark.

BALHS Newsletter 56 April 1995.
The Three Crosses of Cardington by Jack Clark.

BALHS Newsletter 55 October 1994.
Society news and details of events only.

BALHS Newsletter 54 April 1994.
Archaeology along the Bedford Southern Bypass by Nick Shepherd.

BALHS Newsletter 53 October 1993.
Society news and details of events only.

BALHS Newsletter 52 April 1993.
Ha'Penny Piece - A Field Full of History by Ron Brightman.

BALHS Newsletter 51 October 1992.
Recent Archaeological Work Around Bedford by Bedfordshire County Council Archaeology Service.

BAS Newsletter 50 April 1992.
Book Review by Sylvia Woods: Bedford - A Pictorial History by Richard Wildman.
Excavations at Stratton, Biggleswade by Drew Shotliff.

BAS Newsletter 49 September 1991.
The King's Ditch, Bedford by Ian Freeman

BAS Newsletter 48 April 1991.
Excavations at Warren Villas Quarry by A.Maul, P. Gentil and H. Parslow.

BAS Newsletter 47 September 1990.
Excavations at Salford Quarry 1988-90 and Excavations at Mill Farm Cardington 1989.

BAS Newsletter 46 April 1990.
Speed and Accuracy by Ian Freeman.
The Bedford Bypass.

BAS Newsletter 45 October 1989.
Excavations at Sandy Municipial Cemetery.
Excavations at Warren Villas, Sandy.
The Society's (BAS) Possessions.

BAS Newsletter 44 April 1989.
Bedford's Early Churches by Ian Freeman.
Book Review by Richard Wildman: Bedfordshire Archaeology Volume 18.

BAS Newsletter 43 September 1988.
Our Society (BAS) by Sylvia Woods.
Excavations at Newnham Priory, Bedford, 1987-8.

BAS Newsletter 42 April 1988.
The Pre-Enclosure Fields of North Bedford by Ian Freeman.

BAS Newsletter 41 October 1987.
News from Bedford Museum.
Excavations at Bury Farm, Goldington 1987.
Excavations at Ursula Taylor School, Clapham 1987.
99 Years of the Cafe Pavilion by Richard Wildmam.

BAS Newsletter 40 April 1987.

BAS Newsletter 39 October 1986.
Excavations at St Paul's Square, Bedford, 1986.
Bedford Races and the Railway by Geoffrey Webb.
The Yelden Churchyard Survey - an interim report.

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