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Caption for Ampthill, Market Place c1960: Heading south-east through winding country lanes, our short tour reaches Ampthill. The Market Place is dominated by the Moot Hall, rebuilt by the Bedford Estate in 1852 in Jacobethan style with the re-used clock cupola from the 18th-century predecessor bursting from the roof in a bizarre out-of-scale way. To the right is the water pump obelisk erected in 1756 by the Earl of Upper Ossory (an Irish title), who also demolished buildings that had encroached into the market place.

An extract from Bedford Photographic Memories.

Memories of Ampthill, Market Place c1965

The lady with the white coat and shopping basket on the right hand side of the photo is my grandmother - Clara Billington - and lovely to see her in print!

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