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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?
Oak Apple Day, 29th May
There are many local variants to the traditional Royal Oak Day celebrations, but we know that in Turvey it was celebrated as Oak Apple Day, because Joseph Bell writes about it in his memoirs.
What led to the establishment of a Congregational Chapel in Turvey?
In 1827 the Rev. Legh Richmond who had been the much loved Rector of Turvey for over twenty years, died. Legh Richmond had been an Evangelical Anglican but his successor, the Rev. Hawksley, was not.
An Introduction to Turvey Congregational Chapel
In 1828 forty people abandoned the Parish Church and met in a barn on Mill Green. There was soon support to build an independent Chapel. The opening service was held on 17th March 1829 with over 300 people attending.
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.
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.
Plough Monday festivities took place in Turvey and the rest of Bedfordshire well into the 20th century, as evidenced by these newspaper articles.
The Purchase of Turvey
The 5th Earl of Peterborough decided to sell his estates in Turvey in 1786. The sale was divided into 6 lots. The six lots are described together with the purchaser and the price paid.
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.
Jonah and his "Partner"
How Jonah and his partner came to be placed in the Mill Stream by Turvey Bridge
All Saints’ Church Organ
The history of the Hill organ in All Saints Church, from its presentation to the church in 1838, up to the present day.
Turvey Skiffle Group
Thanks for this Mark, a lovely message. Was your father Bryan or Tony? Best wishes, Sara Jenkins Turvey History Society...
Turvey Skiffle Group
For many, many years, my sister and I (along with countless others), have, without remorse, taken the proverbial out of...
Good to hear your memories of Nell’s Well in use Carol. What would have been the date of this? Kind...
My mum uses to not only drink water from this,but fill buckets up to do our washing and was our...
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