Nostalgic memories of Biggleswade's local history

Share your own memories of Biggleswade and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Hello I have no memory of Biggleswade but very interested because I was born there I lived in Stotfold and went to infant school there and used to visit Letchworth and Hitchin but left the area to go and live in Denham Bucks. I now live in Windsor have moved around quite a lot in my life

I love this photo because it contains my parents and brothers. The man with his foot on the wheel of the pushchair is my dad, Don Webb, and the woman to his left is my mum, Mary. The small boy between them is my brother Ian and my other brother, Graham, is in the pushchair. Sadly, only Ian is still alive.

I was born in Biggleswade in 1947 and left for Suffolk in 1957. I remember going to the infants school and then shortmead street. We did maypole dancing and got hit over the knuckles regularly by horrible teachers! Pretty harsh conditions, freezing cold classrooms. My mum Peg Davies worked in a dress shop in (...Read full memory)

I visited in 1990 and found an ancestors grave. I am a descendant of George Edward Capon. I now live in Australia. I have a 3rd cousin here too.

In the late 50's early 60's my aunty Doreen and uncle Harold Willbye ran the Black Bear in Biggleswade. I loved going there, the old pub with stables out the back was fantastic as were the walks with their dog Dusty down by the river. We emigrated to Australia when I was 12 and a half, which was 50 years ago this year, but my fond memories of Biggleswade still remain.

I am now 73 but still remember my time in the Boy's Home at Biggleswade. I cannot remember how old I was, possibly around 6 to 9. I remember it well because I and a few others ran away from the home because we were being bullied by an older boy by the name of (if my memory serves me correct) Richardson. We raided the (...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)

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)

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 (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember or did you work with Madge Chessum, at Woolies, in the 50's / 60's ?