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October 2018 Edition
Local History Magazine


This special issue explores the largely forgotten history of Putnoe, from its Anglo-Saxon origins, medieval Cistercian grange (the biggest in Bedfordshire), the Putnoe Farm estate (held for four centuries successively by the Gostwicks, the Duchess of Marlborough, the Dukes of Bedford, and the Pope and Hartop families), Edwardian speculative housing developments, World War I airfield, to the creation of the large-scale housing estates and local centres of the 1950s to 1970s.

Bob Ricketts: A Thousand Years of Putnoe.
Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
Richard Morgan:
Henry John Sylvester Stannard with notes on his daughter Theresa Sylvester Stannard.
Gordon Vowles: The Life and Times of Sir John Gostwick Tudor Entrepreneur and Bureaucrat.
About Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society.

The next edition, published in April 2018, will also be a special edition, providing an authoratitive timeline for Bedford by Alan Crawley, from the battle of Biedcanford in 571 to the widening of the Town Bridge in 1938. In addition to maps and contemporary illustrations or photographs, each entry will provide a reference to accessible reliable publications or sources enabling readers and researchers to follow-up events or points of interest in more detail. This issue will be dedicated to the memory of eminent Bedford historian, conservationist and former President of BAALHS, Richard Wildman (1947-2018) who sadly died on 28th July 2018.

The Bedford Local History Magazine is free to members of BAALHS.

How to obtain copies of the Magazine.
By Post, 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.

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