Bedford, Bedfordshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Bedford and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Sailing At Great Barford

In 1956 when I was 17 years old my brother in law built a sailing boat but neither if us had ever sailed. We took the boat on a trailer to "Kelpie's" yard on the river Ouse at Great Barford near to Bedford and were soon leaning the skills of gybing until a late gybe left us stranded in reeds. I was the lucky one having ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by ducatee

Bedford....Happy Childhood Memories.

I am now in the process of establishing Samuel and Florence DAYS, then address with the Records Office at Bedfordshire County Council. Apparently Sandy Lane and Cardington Lane were mentioned many years ago as well as the 'Sandy' area. Was there ever ?......a small isolation Hospital (wooden Barrack Type ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by David Armstrong

Silvery Ouse

I was a summer season driver of these boats during my college holidays in the early 1960s. We operated four boats, Silver Foam, Silver Stream, Silver Crest and my own boat, Silver Dawn, which I believe came from the Norfolk Broads. The mornings were spent at Fenlake cleaning and polishing to the high standards demanded by Mr ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by Edward Donnelly