EPW026459 ENGLAND (1929). Ampthill Road and environs, Bedford, 1929

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Title [EPW026459] Ampthill Road and environs, Bedford, 1929
Reference EPW026459
Date May-1929
Link
Place name BEDFORD
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 505149, 249058
Longitude / Latitude -0.46371836907046, 52.129401804054
National Grid Reference TL051491

Pins

Start of St Johns Street. The attached photo from 1921 is one of the Francis Frith Collection on the Ancestry web-site.

melgibbs
Monday 17th of August 2015 04:50:30 PM
Kempston Road railway bridge. The attached photo, taken from the bridge on the 7th December 2013, shows the railway coal wharf in need of a tidy-up.

melgibbs
Monday 9th of December 2013 04:24:35 PM
Kings Ditch. There is a section of the ditch on the roundabout that replaced the junction of Ampthill Road, St John's Street & London Road, but the attached photo, taken on the 7th December 2013, is part of the stretch that runs near Rope Walk. Obviously in need of a tidy-up!

melgibbs
Monday 9th of December 2013 04:06:28 PM
Hobsons Timber yard

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:56:39 PM

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:54:51 PM

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:54:03 PM
St Mary's Methodist Church. St Mary's Methodist Chapel is further along to the left.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:51:33 PM
St Mary's Methodist Chapel. St Mary's Methodist Church is further along to the right.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:50:47 PM
Great Butts Street

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:48:43 PM
Little Butts Street

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:48:16 PM

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:44:06 PM
Cauldwell Place

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:43:19 PM
London Midland Region Coal Wharf

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:42:32 PM
Britannia Road

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 06:38:57 PM
Turners, rope makers.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:26:43 AM
The Railway Swan pub.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:24:15 AM
Britannia Iron works entrance.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:21:10 AM
Black Diamond pub on the corner of Prebend Street and Cauldwell Street (the Black Diamond Corner).

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:20:30 AM
Now the location of the Ramgarhia Sikh Society.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:19:23 AM
Pilcroft Street

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:17:12 AM
Born in 75 Pilcroft Street in 1948 (West side of the street)

Very last family to move out before demolishion in 1962.

The East side if the street (even numbers) were pulled down some years before to make way for The Kingsway, named so because it was built on the route of the Kings Brook.

Stuart C
Saturday 25th of June 2016 08:20:31 PM
Ampthill Street

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:16:31 AM

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:16:05 AM
St Leonard's Street

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:15:22 AM
Now where the St John's platform is for trains from Bedford to Bletchley.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:14:27 AM
St John's Church

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:10:34 AM
Willmers Corner

melgibbs
Saturday 20th of October 2012 03:14:35 PM
Ex-Mildland Railway branch line to Hitchin

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:06:48 AM
Ex-Midland Railway main line to St Albans and St Pancras

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:05:05 AM
Melbourne Street

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:03:44 AM
St Leonard's Avenue

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:01:52 AM

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:00:54 AM

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 11:00:00 AM
St Leonard's Flour Mills, I think

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:58:26 AM
My 1949-50 Kelly's Directory lists this as W.H. & J. Rogers flour mill.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:12:53 AM
St Leonard's Saw Mills

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:57:47 AM
St John's Station, ex-L&NWR, on the Bletchley-Cambridge line

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:55:09 AM

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:53:04 AM
I think this is a building where Turners made the ropes and Rope Walk is nearer to where it is today. My copy of the 1949-50 Kelly's Directory has Rope Walk between numbers 50 & 54 St John's Street.

melgibbs
Wednesday 12th of June 2013 10:29:38 AM

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:49:37 AM
Railway station

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:47:03 AM
Tank engine with a single coach. An auto-train perhaps

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:46:28 AM
Steam locomotive at the head of a goods train

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:45:23 AM

MB
Tuesday 18th of September 2012 10:44:05 AM
The phoenix public house,on St johns roundabout

Neil.j
Monday 6th of August 2012 07:51:23 PM
Judging by the roof top shape and what I think is St John's Place, I think this is Hester's Cafe at number 43 St John's and The Pheonix pub is the next to the left, the other side of St John's Place. I've since added a photo from 1921 that shows The Pheonix pub.

melgibbs
Thursday 6th of August 2015 07:50:32 PM

User Comment Contributions

My memory of Bedford St. John's Railway Station is of a very forlorn and unloved structure in about 1970. The line from Oxford to Cambridge had closed as a through route in 1968 with the section from Bletchley to Bedford St. John's remaining open. The line from Bletchley has now been routed into the main station in Bedford and St. John's on this site has been abandoned. There are thoughts of reopening the Oxford to Cambridge line so we may yet see trains running here.

Class31
Monday 17th of August 2015 04:42:44 PM
I think the station's only claim to fame was that some of it was shown briefly in one of the Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em episodes (the super glue incident).

melgibbs
Monday 17th of August 2015 04:42:44 PM
Can anyone remember which building was Brightmans (or Britemans?) Cycles. Was it the one to the right of The Phoenix pub or was it the one with large attic windows to the right of the church tower?

Jet
Thursday 6th of August 2015 07:58:21 PM
Brightman's was at number 29 St John's, between Maison Joan, a ladies hairdresser, and Moulang's the chemist so it is more than likely to the right of the church tower. It was where the high rise block of flats is now that was Telephone House.

melgibbs
Thursday 6th of August 2015 07:58:21 PM
From the pin comments, this looks like the Ampthill Road in Bedford and not Biggleswade as mentioned in the title.

melgibbs
Saturday 20th of October 2012 10:14:55 AM
This is of course Bedford, not Biggleswade. St. John's Station bottom left, St. John's Church extreme right.

G Shortell
Friday 6th of July 2012 04:31:34 PM