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Published April 2019
Bedford History
Timeline

Written by Alan Crawley and Bob Ricketts and published by BAALHS, this unique volume is an illustrated ‘timeline’ of Bedford’s history from the sixth century to 1938, covering all the major events in the town’s history. It is dedicated to the memory of Richard Wildman, renowned local historian and former President of BAALHS. The text is matched on the left-hand pages with illustrations of key events, historic buildings, etc, sourced principally from The Higgins Bedford Art Gallery & Museum, Bedfordshire Archives Service and Bedford Borough Libraries. There are introductory chapters on the origins of the town and its early churches. The volume is indexed and has suggestions for further reading, should readers want to follow-up topics of interest.

This is the first book to be published by BAALHS in its 130+ year history – a cause for celebration! BAALHS will be providing free copies to its Members, every local school, Bedfordshire Archives Service and Bedford Borough Libraries.

How to obtain copies of the Book.
By Post, Bob Ricketts, Editor, 68 Mendip Crescent, Bedford, MK41 9EP. Please enclose cheque for £10 made payable to BAALHS (includes postage) and also a forwarding address.

From the Eagle Bookshop,
103 Castle Road Bedford, MK40 3QP.
Price £8.00.
(They always have a large selection of local books on display).

Bedford Local History Magazine.

The next edition (No. 103) will be published in October 2019, will feature an article by the Editor on the history of Goldington Highfields, including Jackman’s Farm, building on the successful “Putnoe” special edition published last October. A richly illustrated article by Christine Gibson will tell the story of the life and work of the Bedford architect, Albert Prosser (1870-1961). Most of us who live or work in De Parys ward, use Bedford Park, are familiar with houses designed by Albert Prosser. On Park Avenue, there’s The Dial House on the corner of St Augustine’s Road, opposite Bedford Park’s East Lodge, and, at the other end, No.14A with its Annex 14B, the odd-house-out on Park Avenue, standing alone between

Bedford School’s playing field and De Parys Avenue. On Devon Road, there’s No.1 with its be-windowed and stepped chimney-stack and, on Putnoe Lane, The Chase House. But few of us today know Albert Prosser’s name, let alone anything about him. There will also be reviews of recently published books on local history. The Bedford Local History Magazine is free to members of BAALHS. How to obtain copies of the Magazine.By Post, from Bob Ricketts, Editor, 68 Mendip Crescent, Bedford, MK41 9EP. Please enclose cheque for £5 made payable to BAALHS (includes postage) and also a forwarding address. Back issues are available. Direct from the Eagle Bookshop,103 Castle Road Bedford, MK40 3QP
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