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A view from "The Three Fyshes" - Memoirs of Fred Collins
Not many people can claim to have been born in a pub, but the chances are increased if your father runs an inn such as The Three Fyshes
Allan Vernon Beswick
Allan Beswick was a South African soldier who died in 1917 and was buried in Turvey Cemetery alongside his uncle from Cold Brayfield.
An Edwardian Childhood at Picts Hill (1)
In 1901, Marigo, the 9 year old daughter of Ambrose and Henrietta Argenti of Picts Hill House, began a diary which chronicled her life in Turvey and London at the beginning of the 20th century. In the first of two articles based on the diaries we learn about the typical routine and pastimes of a child in an Edwardian country house and get a glimpse of some of the family’s domestic staff.
An Introduction to the Higgins of Bedford & Turvey Family Tree
Starting with John Higgins of Weston Underwood (1595 - 1656) the article describes the family ancestry leading to the Turvey House and Turvey Abbey Estates together with Pictshill Farm and the Bedford Brewery.
Bartram Family Memories of WW2
WW2 memories of the Parachute bomb that caught in a Turvey Tree and the Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Turvey resident Bill Bartram.
Charles Higgins: The Grocer who purchased Turvey
The article details the apprenticeship of Charles Higgins to his uncle Joseph Kilpin and the establishment of his own business. The proceeds from this wholesale grocery business provided the wealth for the purchase of part of the Turvey Estate.
Frederick Smith Hilson
In the aftermath of WW1, the Turvey War Memorial formed a focal point for the loss and pride experienced by village families. This article provides an insight into the life of Frederick Smith Hilson who is commemorated on the village memorial.
From Turvey to New Zealand
The 1850s saw a number of families emigrated to New Zealand through various assisted passenger schemes. There they prospered, and the visitors book at All Saints Church reflects the number of their ancestors who return to Turvey to see their roots.
In 1926, at the age of 80, Joseph Bell decided to record his memories of life in Turvey. These memories formed the central narrative of the play ‘Bells of Turvey’, performed in the village hall in November 2017.
The First Assisted Passage to New Zealand
Turvey born Jane Davison emigrated to New Zealand on the first assisted passage in 1842. Together with her husband Thomas Parr they established orchards and nurseries in Oratia, West Auckland.
The Mardlin Family of Turvey
In the second half of the nineteenth century, a village policeman was a very prominent person in village life, “preserving the Queen's Peace”.
Turvey's Australian Connections with World War 1
Claude Choules was the last surviving participant of WW1 when he died at the age of 110 in 2011.Claude was a great uncle of a Turvey resident. Percy Clifton, whose name appears on the Memorial Cross emigrated to Australia sometime after 1911 and served in the 4th Batallion, Australian Regiment.
Turvey’s Memorial to The Great War
In each village and town in Britain it was decided to erect a memorial to those who had died. Turvey’s was erected and unveiled in December 1919 in front of over 500 people.
Was John Bunyan the Tinker of Turvey ?
In ‘The Ladies Monthly Museum’ magazine dated November 1817 (page 248) there is an intriguing, albeit anonymous, note that states: The ...
Were the Mordaunts involved in the Gunpowder Plot?
There has long been a rumour that some, or at least one, of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot sheltered in Turvey Church as they fled from London, by various routes, to meet up in Warwickshire.
Whatever happened to Joseph Bell?
The musical “The Bells of Turvey” premiered in Turvey in 2017 tells the story of a young boy from Turvey in the 1850’s, based on the memoirs of a real Joseph Bell. The play ends at the time when Joe is apprenticed to the master shoemaker. What happened next?
Who were the Mordaunts?
The Mordaunt family: their connection to Turvey and their importance in the public and political life in England.
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