Bedford, High Street c.1955

Neg. B51139B

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Caption for Bedford, High Street C1955

The statue of John Howard, the founder of the Howard Leagyue for Penal Reform, broods over the Sqaure - and perhaps over the irony of its location - close to the old Town Gaol that allegedly once held fellow preacher John Bunyan. Many of the company names of the shop fronts live on in other contexts after nearly half a century. Wells furnishers were related to the brewing family of the same name; the Green Chair sign over the shop is intended as a hark back to the craftsman guilds of medieval times. The National Provincial bank is now part of NatWest Bank, itself owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Jaegar Shop on the extreme left of the picture conjures up memories of tweeds and country pursuits; nowadays the branch is much more fashion orientated, but nevertheless to be found on the High Street in most large market towns. Currys, at the far end of the street, has now moved out of town and operates from a retail park, in common with most of its fellow brand-holders in the DSG Group. The Norvic shoe sign on the right indicates a footwear retailer that specialised in children's styles and fitting. The High Street is now a one-way traffic flow to cope with the influx of daily traffic. For the same reason, it is unlikely that drivers will ever again enjoy the same freedom to park at the side of the road as those in our picture.

Memories of Bedford

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

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

Memories Of The Picturedrome ...

I spent many a happy afternoons here , watching film's . Beautiful old place , so sad when they tore it down . It was supposed to be a listed building , thank's BB Council , they also pulled down the old Granada, which was also ' a Listed building !!!! It was also in a lovely setting by the river , i miss those days ...

A memory of Bedford

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

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