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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
The Bedford Railway Mystery
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The Bedford Railway Mystery

On Thursday 6th August 1891 a young woman in her early twenties described as being pretty, well-dressed, about 5ft 4ins with reddish brown hair, and a plump round figure, boarded the Midland night train from...

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November 20, 2018
Dr. Rowland Hill Coombs
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Dr. Rowland Hill Coombs

Dr Rowland Hill Coombs (1844-1929) was an exceptionally eminent Bedfordian who lived a long life full of many achievements and diverse interests. His father, Dr. James Coombs was a doctor and a chemist, who, like...

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October 27, 2018