Society Publications

A Review of Activities with the 126th Company Canadian Forestry Corps while stationed at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, Eng.

Written by HERMAN L. PORTER. -(B.A. Acadia University)- Sergeant with Canadian Y.M.C.A

In 2001 a publication by the 126th Coy Canadian Forestry Corps in WW1 was faithfully reproduced.

It records the activities of the Foresters and contains original photographs and many names of the men involved. The booklet is still in print and can be obtained for £6.00 plus £1.50 p&p from Brian Lazelle, 63 Ampthill Road, Maulden. MK45 2DH. You can download it here as a pdf file (3.3MB)

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Flitwick: A Short History

Published 1973.

Ridgmont: An Edwardian Cameo. The Photographs of Jack Sharpe.

Seventy Three photos of Ridgmont taken by Mr Jack Sharpe between 1899 and 1912. Published 1991.

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Flitwick: A Vanishing Village

Published 1992.

Other Publications

A History of Silsoe

Roger Bradshaw

A comprehensive history of the village of Silsoe in Bedfordshire.

Available from Amazon.

Willington and the Russells

Robert Bollington

Tells the story of Willington from 1774 to 1902, when it formed part of the Duke of Bedford’s estates. It takes us back to a village of tenant farmers, agricultural labourers and lace makers.

Available from Willington Local History Group.

Gas works history

Tony Marks

Local gas works are now very much in the past and unknown to the younger generation but are part of our industrial history. Tony Marks has produced two booklets in 2012: The Ampthill Gas and Coke Company, 1848–1936 (40 pages) and the Three Counties Hospital Gas Works, 1857–1952 (32 pages) which give a detailed history of each concern and descriptions of the technology used where necessary. Each book is priced at £4 post free or both may be had for £7 post free from Mr A Marks, 48 Mossbank Avenue, Luton, Beds LU2 9HH