1,345 more photos of Norfolk & Cumbria in June 2017 Release

Memories 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

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

Bedford Summer Holidays

My mother Dorothy was from Bedford and when she met my dad they lived there until the 60's. I used to go back every year with them to visit the relatives in the 70's and 80's...many many fond memories of the place... walks along the embankment and the weir, feeding the ducks, Newnham Baths, The Harpur Centre on the high ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by babkba

Barbara's Bun Shop

I have lived in Bedford for most of my life and I have a vague memory of a cafe called "Barbara's bun shop" in the town centre. This would have been around 1964/1965... can anyone shed any light on this for example, where in Bedford it was I remember going there with my friend in the summer holidays as it was owned by a ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by swift

Where Is She Now?

When I spent a couple of years training as an RNMS at Bromham Hospital, I used to live in Nurses Quarters at 1 Albany Road, Embankment, Bedford. I celebrated my 21st Birthday whilst there & my parents brought my brother & sister-in-law down & we had a meal at The County Hotel. My parents allowed me to invite my girlfriend at ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by John Smith

Where I Was Born

Just want to collect a few pictures of where I was born. Don't have any memories of Bedford as my parents moved to Wellingborough in 1962 when I was one year old!

Early Years

My parents had just moved to England from Italy. I wonder if they met here...

Boat Trip On The River

When this picture was taken my mum and dad used to live here.

Old Bedford Etc

Born and bred in Bedford (1945) so many fond memories... The Granada cinema...I played at that venue many times with my band back in the 60's... I was born & lived in Cardington Road at the time and the fields and river were our main "playground" and seat of learning. Newnham swimming pool was our main (leisure) activity ...Read full memory

A memory of Bedford by Colin Crane

An amazing community has grown around our request to Share Your Memories.

You've shared 65184 memories of 32703 towns & villages, right across the UK!

So many of these are filled with extraordinary, irreplaceable detail that will now be preserved.

Keep them coming!

Start Now

It's easy to add your own memories and reconnect with your shared local history. Search for your favourite places and look for the Add Your Memory links to begin.

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of an important place in your life and ask yourself:

  • How does it feature in your personal history?
  • What are your best memories of this place?
  • How has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again?
  • Do you remember stories about the community, its history & people?