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Stop 01. Corner Stores & Carlton Road
This part of the village was once known as Stockers End. The Corner Stores and Carlton Road.
An Introduction to the Heritage Walk
The name Turvey comes from old English meaning Turf Island or low lying land.The article covers the early visitors and settlers in Turvey and briefly describes the impact of the Mordaunt and Higgins familes.
Turvey in the 1850s
We know something of life in Turvey in the 1850s, mainly thanks to Joseph Bell’s memoir, which covers the years 1846-1858.
A Brief Numerical Analysis of Turvey’s Residential Property
Records from the Hearth Tax of 1671 show that Turvey had 107 residential properties. In 2019 the figure stood at 535.
Turvey's Natural History through the eyes of a Benedictine Monk
The impact of climate change is explored, based on 25 years of observation and recording.
The Railway through Turvey : 1872-1962
The advent of the railways in Great Britain in the 19th century had a major effect on towns and villages across the country. Turvey was no exception, being served by a railway between 1872 and 1962.
A Trace of Medieval Life in Turvey
The pre-inclosure map of Great Oaks Farm, Turvey dated 1783 reveals, through the name of one of the plough strips, a trace back to one of the essential pillars that supported William the Conqueror (William I).
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.
Turvey's Listed Buildings
Turvey has 71 listed buildings, although the term “building” is used loosely as the listing includes items such as Jonah and his “Partner” and the railings opposite Ye Three Fyshes.
The Old Chapel in Carlton Road (Independent Wesleyan)
A history of the Independent Wesleyan Chapel from its inception in 1828 until its conversion to a residential property.
The Shaping of Turvey: Saxons to Enclosure
The Saxons All Saints Church gives us our first easily accessed glimpse of what was here before. When we go beyond ...
Origins of a Village
Turvey has fresh water, a river with a crossing point, fertile land in the river valley and natural building materials – what better place for a settlement.
Capturing Turvey's Heritage
A look at previous and present attempts to capture Turvey's Heritage.
The Bedfordshire Regiment
The Bedfordshire Regiment was raised in 1688 as Archibald Douglas’ Regiment of Foot (i.e. infantry) by order of King James II. During World War I, the regiment raised 21 battalions (500 to 600 men); quite an achievement for one of Britain’s smaller counties.
Peace Celebrations in Turvey
Saturday 19th July 1919 was a very special day of celebration in Turvey. For on that day the village came together to celebrate the end of the first world war.
The Tincker of Turvey
The building now occupied by the Central Stores and the adjoining houses was once a well-known inn called “The Tinkers Inn”. This article explores the possible origin of that name and provides a brief history of the inn starting with The Canterbury Tales.
All Saints Church: A Historical Summary
All Saints Church has stood at the heart of Turvey for over 1000 years. Here we explore the changes the church has undergone in that time, and discuss some of the main features of historical interest in the church.
Turvey and Field Names
What do the names of the fields around Turvey tell us about our village's history?
Turvey at the time of the Domesday Survey
Turvey has eight separate entries in the Domesday Book. Each entry lists the major land owner before 1066 – and his under tenants and the major land owners in 1086 and his under tenants.
There But Not There
As part of the commemorations of the centenary of the end of WW1 the “There But Not There” silhouette have been produced in the hope that villages and towns erect one as a tribute and as an act of remembrance to those who never came home.
Turvey’s Farming Past
A general introduction to the history of agriculture and the methods of farming that have been used in Turvey.
All Saints Church Bells and Clock
All Saints has a peal of eight bells, some dating from the 17th century. The clock dates from the late 19th century.
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.
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?
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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