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Harold and Gary Sargent
“I remember I used to cut the outfield on the tractor when I was … because I started playing cricket ...
David Hilson was born in Turvey in 1932. His mother’s maiden name was Wooding, a very common name in Turvey throughout the 19th century.
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.
Unlike the other people in this ‘Voices’ section, Tom Essery is not a recent interviewee. He was born in Turvey ...
Turvey's Last Manor Court
Henry Longuet Higgins, the Lord of the Manor of Turvey, addressed a packed meeting in the Reading Room to provide a history of the Turvey’s Manor Court.
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 ...
“Starting this end of the village there was the Mace shop, the butcher’s shop and then you went round the ...
Born in Monmouthshire (now Gwent), Dewi Waters came to Turvey in 1947, when he was 16 years old. Dewi stayed ...
“I used to come through (Turvey) on the bus, because they never had a road cut through, you had to ...
“We, in the war, in the 40’s, that was in the war, we had lots of soldiers around us. Brayfield ...
“The brook pushed a wall over. The water was really warm because it was in July. Chucked it down all ...
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.
Thank you Tess, good to have the mystery solved! Sara Jenkins Chair, Turvey History Society
Tess Souter nee Sargent
Looking at this photo of Nell’s well with Sue and Sylvia Hilson . The unknown girl with them is Iris...
Ivora Jones Collection
Dave Hilson with the scarecrow.
Thank you Jenny, glad you enjoyed it. Sara Jenkins Chair, Turvey History Society
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