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Bedfordshire Collection

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Embankment & River, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Embankment & River, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. Date: 1900s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: The Suspension Bridge and River Ouse, Bedford

The Suspension Bridge and River Ouse, Bedford, Bedfordshire. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)

Victorian woman (Polhill-Turner family)
An upper class Victorian woman, probably a member of the Polhill-Turner family of Howbury Hall, Renhold, Bedfordshire. Seen here in a studio photograph, leaning on the back of a chair

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: RAF Balloon Barrage at Cardington

RAF Balloon Barrage at Cardington
Royal Air Force Balloon Barrage at Cardington, Bedfordshire (note the distinctive airship hangars back right - still there today)

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Woburn Abbey / Ackermann

Woburn Abbey / Ackermann
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire: seat of the Duke of Bedford

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Victorian mother and three children (Polhill-Turner family)

Victorian mother and three children (Polhill-Turner family)
A Victorian mother and three children. They are Mrs Polhill-Turner (nee Emily Frances Barron, d 1913)), wife of Frederick Charles Polhill-Turner (1826-1881), with Alice (Alice Kate Frances)

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Woburn Abbey / 1908

Woburn Abbey / 1908
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Three Counties Asylum, Arlesey, Bedfordshire

Three Counties Asylum, Arlesey, Bedfordshire
The Three Counties asylum at Arlesey (misspelt on picture), near Stotfold, Bedfordshire, opened in 1859, serving Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Huntingdonshire

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bedfordshire road signs 1950

Bedfordshire road signs 1950
A girl in sturdy shoes and long socks, probably school uniform, perches on top of a signpost by the B579 road near Chalton in Bedfordshire

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Maypole, Ickwell, Beds

Maypole, Ickwell, Beds
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Maypole Dancing, Ickwell

Maypole Dancing, Ickwell
The children of Ickwell, Bedfordshire continue the English tradition of Maypole dancing on the village green as part of their May Day festivities

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Ampthill Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire

Ampthill Road, Shefford, Bedfordshire
Ampthill Road, Shefford, near Chicksands, Bedfordshire, England. Date: 1910s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Flower Power 1967

Flower Power 1967
HIPPIES His and Hers Flower Power outfits at the great Love-In at Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, England. Date: August 1967

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: May Day Tractor

May Day Tractor
Traditional May Day festivities at Ickwell, Bedfordshire, England. Here, the May Queen arrives on the village green in luxury - by tractor! Date: 1950s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Ickwell Maypoleds

Ickwell Maypoleds
The famous maypole at Ickwell, Bedfordshire, England. Date: 1930s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Victorian girl with her nanny (Polhill-Turner family)

Victorian girl with her nanny (Polhill-Turner family)
An upper class Victorian girl, Beatrice (Emily Beatrice Violet, d 1930), standing on a chair, with her nanny standing next to her. They lived at Howbury Hall, Renhold, Bedfordshire

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: View of Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

View of Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
View of Woburn Abbey (east facade), Bedfordshire. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Eversholt / Poor House

Eversholt / Poor House
Eversholt, Bedfordshire: the Poor House Date: 1815

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: A Charles Wells Public House

A Charles Wells Public House, in an unidentified location. This brewery company, based in Bedfordshire, is still in existence today, with over 200 pubs to its name

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Elstow, Village Street

Elstow, Village Street
The village street at Elstow, Bedfordshire, in Victorian times - the surface is not made up, but then theres not much traffic besides the hay cart outside the Swan Inn

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bovril factory at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, WW2

Bovril factory at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, WW2
Aerial view of the new Bovril factory at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, built outside London to avoid bombing raids during the Second World War. The factory was operational by the end of 1940

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Corn Exchange, Luton, Bedfordshire

Corn Exchange, Luton, Bedfordshire, with Boots Chemist on the right. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Luton Victorian period

Luton Victorian period

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Luton George Street Sanger's Circus parade Victorian period

Luton George Street Sanger's Circus parade Victorian period

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Wardown Park Suspension Bridge, built in 1908

Wardown Park Suspension Bridge, built in 1908, is situated within Wardown Park in the northern suburbs of Luton in the valley of the River Lea, Bedfordshire - Raphael Tuck postcard 1914 Date: 1908

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Town Hall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Town Hall, Dunstable, Bedfordshire - P.N. Series postcard, 1915 Date: 1915

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: London Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

London Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire - postcard by unknown publisher 1915 Date: 1915

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Dunstable Church, Bedfordshire

Dunstable Church, Bedfordshire - P.N. Series postcard, 1915 Date: 1915

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Broom Victorian period

Broom Victorian period

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bedford High Street early 1900s

Bedford High Street early 1900s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: George Street Luton Edwardian period

George Street Luton Edwardian period

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: 1840s Victorian Bedfordshire Map

1840s Victorian Bedfordshire Map

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Modernist Bungalow, Whipsnade, Interior

Modernist Bungalow, Whipsnade, Interior
A photograph of a hallway to a one storey modernist house in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, designed in 1936 by architects Berthold Romanovich Lubetkin and Tecton. Built in pre-cast reinforced concrete

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Modernist Bungalow, Whipsnade

Modernist Bungalow, Whipsnade
A pair of photographs showing a general view and a bird eye view of a one storey modernist house in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, designed in 1936 by architects Berthold Romanovich Lubetkin and Tecton

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Glider Aircraft at National Gliding Contests, Dunstable

Glider Aircraft at National Gliding Contests, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, July 1938 Date: 1938

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Barrage balloons protecting RAF station, Cardington, Beds

Barrage balloons protecting RAF station, Cardington, Beds
Barrage balloons protecting RAF station, Cardington, Bedfordshire Date: 1938

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Official picket line outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable

Official picket line outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable
Official picket line with placards outside Vauxhall Motors, Dunstable. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Fallen solder's mother receiving Victoria Cross

Fallen solder's mother receiving Victoria Cross
King George V presenting the Victoria Cross Buckingham Palace, London to Mrs Warner for her son Private Edward Warner, Bedfordshire Regiment, who won the decoration for most conspicuous bravery

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: The great British R 100 arrived at Cardington after return flight from Montreal, in 78 hours

The great British R 100 arrived at Cardington after return flight from Montreal, in 78 hours. The damaged fin in a thunderstorm over the St

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: BIGGLESWADE MEMORIAL

BIGGLESWADE MEMORIAL
High Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, with its War Memorial. Date: 1950s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: St. Pierre manor house, Monmouthshire, Wales

St. Pierre manor house, Monmouthshire, Wales, seat of Charles Lewis. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by F.W.L

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Stagecoach outside The Sugar Loaf Hotel, Dunstable

Stagecoach outside The Sugar Loaf Hotel, Dunstable
Vinatge Stagecoach pulled up outside The Sugar Loaf Hotel, 44 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Date: circa 1910

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bedfordshire Regiment Memorial, Tyne Cot, CWGC Cemetery

Bedfordshire Regiment Memorial, Tyne Cot, CWGC Cemetery Date: 2016

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bedford County High School, England

Bedford County High School, England. circa 1860

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Zebras, Central Paddock, Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire

Zebras, Central Paddock, Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
Zebras, Central Paddock, Whipsnade Zoo, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: View across the fields, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire

View across the fields, Totternhoe, Bedfordshire
View across the fields at Totternhoe, Bedfordshire. Date: early 20th century

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bovril factory workers packing supplies, WW2

Bovril factory workers packing supplies, WW2
Bovril factory workers packing emergency ration packs for British forces, probably at the factory in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, during the Second World War. Date: early 1940s

Background imageBedfordshire Collection: Bristol Boxkite replica

Bristol Boxkite replica, flying at Wainfleet for filming of Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire in September 1964



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