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April 2018 Edition
Local History Magazine

Welcome to Bedford Local History Magazine celebrating Bedford’s rich history. This issue features a look by Stuart Antrobus at the many radio premiere broadcasts of classical music broadcast from Bedford, 1941-1945. ‘Mini-biographies’ by Stuart of six eminent Bedfordians, including, topically, three leading suffragists – Dora Mason, Ethel Stacy and Margaret Stansfeld. Also, Sally Gunning and the history of now forgotten Brickhill House – sadly destroyed by fire in 1946. Plus useful resources for local historians and reviews of recent books on local subjects of interest.

Page 1. Editorial.
Page 3. Stuart Antrobus: “First Radio Broadcast Performances of Classical Music Works in the United Kingdom, transmitted from Bedford during the Second Word War”.
Page 11. Stuart Antrobus: “More Mini-biographies of Eminent Bedfordians”.
Page 23. Sally Gunning: “The House in the Woods - Brickhill House”.
Page 29. Bob Ricketts: “Howard College – past & present”.
Page 31. Resources for local historians:
Bedfordshire Historical Records Society.
Digitised version of A Bedfordshire Bibliography.
Page 33. Book Reviews by Bob Ricketts:
Judith Pettigrew, Rory Reynolds & Sandra Rouse: A Place in the Country: Three Counties Asylum 1860-1998.
Margaret Roberts: The Original Warden Pear.
John R. Waller III: Harrold.
Jane Shaw: Octavia.
Ann Allsopp, A History of Luton from Conqueror to Carnival.
Page 38. About Bedford Architecural, Archaeological & Local History Society.

The next edition, published in October 2018, will be a ‘special’ issue devoted to the history of Putnoe, from its Anglo-Saxon origins, its wealthy sheep farming Cistercian grange, the development of the Putnoe estate under the Gostwick family, the Duchess of Marlborough, the Dukes of Bedford, the Pope and Hartop families, Edwardian speculative housing developments – ‘Putnoe Park’, a World War One airfield, and the inter-war and post-war development of the present thriving suburb.

Free to BAALHS members. Members get the April and October issues of the magazine free plus two News Letters.

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).