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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.
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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