Biggleswade, Shortmead Street 1925

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Caption for Biggleswade, Shortmead Street 1925: The photographer is looking east from the top of High Street, where there is now a roundabout, with the churchyard walls and lime trees on the left. The wall and railings have now gone. Apart from the White Horse, little on the right side of Shortmead Street survives. The corner of the building on the far left is a good timber-framed house with a jettied east front facing the church; both it and the church escaped the 1786 Great Fire.

An extract from Bedford Photographic Memories.

Memories of Biggleswade


From the age of 1 year to presently 62 years I have lived in the town. I remember the thriving market, the Regal and Empire cinemas, sadly now gone (see article in the Biggleswade Chronicle Jan 6th 2009 pages 22 & 23). This town has changed from a small market town where employment was as my late father working on the (...Read full memory)

My great grandfather Henry Tingey, was born November 18, 1819, in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.  He was the son of James Tingey and Elizabeth Boniss.  James and Elizabeth, and family later moved from Bigglewade, Bedfordshire, and moved Lower Caldecut near the 46th milestone from London in the perish of Northhill.  The (...Read full memory)

I was in a children's home on London Road from about 1964 for about 3 years. I forget the name of the home, but I went to Shortmead Street School for a while, then Rose Lane, before ending up at Holmead. I used to go to the Catholic church near the Regal cinema, on a Sunday morning, and the Regal on a (...Read full memory)

I was at Homefieds 1964/66 and l remember Nigel. l also remember going to Rose Lane school with the strong smell of the brewery next door. l recall getting the cane by Mr Morgan the Headmaster on more than one occasion. And I can recall some of my classmates: Paul Owens, Christine, Julie, Denise, Robert and Terrence. l (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Biggleswade, Shortmead Street 1925: The photographer is looking east from the top of High Street, where there is now a roundabout, with the churchyard walls and lime trees on the left. The wall and railings have now gone. Apart from the White Horse, little on the right side of Shortmead Street survives. The corner of the building on the far left is a good timber-framed house with a jettied east front facing the church; both it and the church escaped the 1786 Great Fire.

An extract from Bedford Photographic Memories.

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