..........BAALHS

Bedford Architectural Archaeological
& Local History Society

Bedford bridge 1824.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
SUMMER 2019
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Monday 13th May at 2.30pm.
Guided tour of Southill Park & tea in the gardens.
£12 each, payable on the day. Prior booking essential.

Saturday 22nd June at 10.00am.
Bedfordshire Local History Association 2019 Conference:
The Designed Landscapes of Bedfordshire.
Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, LU5 6HE.
Prior booking essential see BLA website.

Tuesday 9th July at 2.00pm
Guided tour of Kimbolton Village & Church & tea.
Meet at Kimbolton Castle Green, in front of the Castle Gatehouse.
Cost £5 each, payable on the day.

Sunday 11th August at 2.30pm.
The story of Bedford Castle and visits to the newly restored historic Ice House & Lime Kiln.
Guided tour led by David Fowler. Free to Members.
Meet outside The Higgins Museum.

Wednesday 11th September at 7.30pm.
BAALHS Annual General Meeting
followed by Stuart Antrobus “Popular Songs of the Second World War”.
Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Putnoe Heights, Bedford, MK41 8EB.
Visitors are very welcome, but a £3 donation is requested to help meet our costs.

Sunday 22nd September.
Coach trip to the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket,
leaving at 9.00am from the Mowsbury Park car park, Kimbolton Road.
£25 per head, payable on booking. Prior booking essential.

We meet at the venues for outings, except for the coach trip to Stowmarket, which will leave from the Mowsbury Park car park, off Kimbolton Road.

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Any queries about the programme,
please contact Bob Ricketts, telephone 01234 313608 or e-mail bob.ricketts@nhs.net.


For more details of events see below.

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Monday 13th May at 2.30pm.
Guided tour tour of Southhill House.

After the tour there will be tea/coffee and biscuits and an opportunity to explore the garden finishing
at approximately 4.45 pm. Charles Whitbread, the present incumbent, or James Collett-White, Southill’s
archivist, will take us around the rooms in the house to show us the art and rare furniture. The cost will
be £12 per person for the tour and refreshments, payable of the day. This money will go to the family trust
(The Wixamtree Trust) to help good causes in Bedfordshire. Advance booking essential, using the form
enclosed with the Newsletter.

Saturday 22nd June from 10.00am:
Bedfordshire Local History Association Annual Conference.

The theme this year is The Designed Landscapes of Bedfordshire. Talks and presentations will include:
The Orchard as Part of the Designed Landscape; Flitwick Manor; From Medieval to Modern:
The Evolution of Designed Landscapes in Bedfordshire; Gertrude Jekyll – Her Influence in the
Bedfordshire Landscape. There will also be stalls and displays from a range of local history
societies, including BAALHS. Venue: Poplars Garden Centre, Toddington, LU5 6HE. Cost: £25 per
person (includes lunch). Booking form available from the BLHA website www.bedfordshire-lha.org.uk.
Please book by 1st June 2019.

Tuesday 9th July at 2.00pm:
Guided tour of Kimbolton village & Church.

The tour will be led by Nora Butler, who gave a fascinating talk on the history of the Castle as part of
our Winter Programme. Park in Kimbolton High Street, then meet back at the Castle Green, in front of
the Castle Gatehouse, at 2.00pm for the start of the tour. We will finish with tea in the Church. Cost £5
each, payable on the day. Advance booking essential, using the form enclosed with the Newsletter.

Sunday 11th August at 2.30pm:
Bedford Castle, Ice House & Lime Kiln.

The story of Bedford Castle and a rare opportunity to see the newly restored historic Ice House & Lime
Kiln. BAALHS contributed to the cost of the restoration of the Ice House – come and see what you got
for your money! Guided tour led by David Fowler. Free. Meet outside The Higgins Museum. Advance
booking essential, using the form enclosed with the Newsletter.

Wednesday 11th September at 7.30pm
BAALHS Annual General Meeting & Popular Songs of the Second World War.

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be followed by 'Popular Songs of The Second World War'.
Stuart Antrobus will play extracts from period recordings and show what popular songs can tell us about
life in England during the war. A chance for members of a certain age to relive their childhood or youth
through popular music and for the rest of us to understand the pressures of life at that time of uncertainty.
You can even have a singalong at the end!

Sunday 22nd September.
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.

Coach trip to the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket, departing from the Mowsbury Park car park, Kimbolton Road at 9.00am. Advance booking essential, using the form enclosed with the Newsletter. Cost £25 each, payable on booking.

The Museum opened in 1967, centred on the former Abbot’s Hall estate, originally an outlying manor of St. Osyth’s Priory in Essex. It seeks to present the agricultural history of East Anglia through exhibits, preserved buildings and living history demonstrations. The Museum and its 17 historic buildings are set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside which includes an animal area and a river walk.
Highlights:
Abbot’s Hall, a Queen Anne-style country house built in 1709 by a wealthy merchant. Each room explores a different notion of home and belonging in East Anglia. Extensive gardens.Grundisburgh Smithy, used for nearly 200 years as a working forge & smithy. 14th-century Edgar's Farmhouse, a 14th-century aisled farmhouse"discovered" in Cambs, just south of Stowmarket, and incorporated into a much larger farmhouse dating from the Victorian era. Saved from demolition in 1970, it was the first historic building to be re-erected on the museum site. The first recorded owners were John and Ascelina Adgor, who in 1346 held nearly 40 acres (16 ha) of arable land, 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) of meadow, 1 acre (0.40 ha) of pasture, a Rood of wood and three acres of alderwood in Combs. Evidence suggests that the Adgors survived the Black Death and prospered. The building is Grade II* listed. Great Moulton Chapel, a ‘flat pack’ Tabernacle manufactured by Boulton & Paul of Norwich. Mortlock Building, housing a collection of traction engines. Willam Bone Building, showcasing 200 years of Ransome, Sims & Jeffries, argicultural engineers, including steam traction engines and ploughs. Eastbridge Windpump, one of four wind pumps that drained the Minsmere Levels near Leiston, East Suffolk. Mid-19thC wind pump. Crowe Street Cottages, the last pair of workers’ cottages from the estate.
Settling House, octagonal Victorian Gothic building used to settle auction accounts and
fees at Bury St. Edmunds Cattle Market. And much more....
The visit will include an introductory talk and a 45 minute conducted tour. The Osier Café provides lunches and afternoon teas, or you can picnic in the grounds. Advance booking is essential, using the form enclosed with the Newsletter. Cost £25 each, payable on booking (cheques payable to ‘BAALHS’). This includes the coach, admission, talk and guided tour.

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