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Nigel Hartwell was born in 1943 at Bedford Hospital. The family lived at Picts Hill, Turvey in a tied cottage, ...
Malcolm was born in Turvey in 1953 into a locally established (since the 1890s) farm working family. His grandfather, Horace Church, was gamekeeper for the Higgins family estate.
Philanthropy in Turvey 1840-1900
Before the advent of the welfare state state communities depended on mutual aid and charitable provision. This article describes the philanthropic efforts of the Higgins family, and others, in the nineteenth century.
Fishing with Crisps
Malcolm Church recalls childhood fishing in the early 1960s finding free local resources, especially Cristo Crisps
Turvey Bridge - A Brief History
Turvey Bridge, spanning the River Great Ouse, is the distinctive entrance to the village from the west, and forms the boundary between Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
"The 'doctor' will see you now": Medical care in Turvey in the 1830s.
Being ill was a familiar but challenging experience in 1830’s Turvey, especially for the poor of the village.
Enclosures in Turvey
The article is a brief outline of why and how ‘Enclosure’ happened in Turvey and is in itself an introduction to the detailed article Turvey in Turmoil
A Brief History of the Barton and Royle Homes
The Barton Charity The institution of The Barton Charity originated in 1881 with a desire to provide an asylum for deserving ...
An overview of Straw plaiting industry – a minor Turvey occupation
An Overview of Lacemaking in Turvey
Lace was widely made in Europe before it came to be established in England, and in particular the counties of Beds, Bucks and Northants.
We do not know when the practice began, but by the mid-19th century it was the custom for most village girls to attend a Lace School, usually from a very early age.
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
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.
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.
Turvey Wonky Potatoes Rejected
Why Turvey's wonky potatoes did not become Golden Wonder crisps.
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.
Turvey in Turmoil
The shape of the village as we now know it dates from the late eighteenth century and is largely, though not entirely, the result of the work of the Inclosure Commissioners.
Turvey and Canada
Turvey link with the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, Canada
Turvey Sheep Shearing and Turkey Plucking Champions
Turvey people in turkey plucking and sheep shearing competitions held on stage at the Granada Cinema, Bedford
Creation and operation of the Turvey Reformatory (Bedfordshire Reformatory at Turvey)
Turvey Tic Beans to Egypt
Why we send tic beans to Egypt
Both the construction and operation of a railway are hazardous activities, and prior to the introduction of modern safety standards accidents were not uncommon. There are records of four accidents on the railway at Turvey, two during construction and two in operations.
The Turvey Abbey Scrap Books (1830 -1846)
It has never been published, it has 465 pages of beautiful writing and drawings, is an invaluable resource to historians and is now available, in full, on the Turvey History Society (THS) website.
The Working Life of Turvey: Occupations Through Time
What might a local historian in the future discover about the working lives of people in Turvey at the time when the Turvey History Society was established?