Author Archives: Linda Ayres



Linda Ayres

William and James Geddes Brothers in Arms
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William and James Geddes Brothers in Arms

When thousands of Scottish Highlander soldiers arrived in Bedford for training in August 1914, the military authorities were concerned that an outbreak of infectious diseases such as measles could be life threatening for some of...

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June 28, 2019
Norman Greenshields - Borough Engineer
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Norman Greenshields – Borough Engineer

Norman Greenshields was an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Member of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers and a Member of the Sanitary Institute. For some 30 years, he was...

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June 04, 2019
The Foster Family of Brickhill House
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The Foster Family of Brickhill House

Brickhill House was the farmhouse to Brickhill Farm that once stood over the brow of Cemetery Hill. When John Foster and his family lived there in the early 1800s, there were beautiful groves, lawns and...

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June 03, 2019
Jarvis  - A Family of Brewers
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Jarvis – A Family of Brewers

By 1841, Thomas Jarvis had set up his brewery in Gwyn Street. At that time, there were eight breweries in Bedford and the brewing industry then was second only to the cotton industry. Weak or...

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April 23, 2019
Jarvis & Son - Monumental Masons
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Jarvis & Son – Monumental Masons

Samuel Wainright Jarvis was born on 1st February 1828 at Bushmead, Bedfordshire. His christening took place on 5th October 1828 at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Bedford. He was the only son of Thomas Jarvis and his...

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April 20, 2019
Madeline Seys Phillips
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Madeline Seys Phillips

Madeline Seys Phillips was well known in Bedford for her charitable work. Her one priority was to care for the sick, aged, and poor in St. Paul’s parish. She was, for many years, on the...

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March 08, 2019