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Featured Archives


This Featured Archive contains documents from our 'Potton Town Council' folders.

The first slide shows the March 1913 election hand bill (shown to the right) for Mr Gouldthorpe Smith, the second slide shows an 1895 photo of the Potton Town Council with their hats off (we have just had exactly the same photo donated to the Society but with hats on!) and the third slide shows a blank notice of a meeting of the Potton Town Council.

Please click on the image to the right to see the full document.




To the right you can see a family tree card just to show how popular the hobby of researching one's family has become. Past member Norman Parry coresponded with many such families with links to Potton and today we present some of them beginning with the letters 'H and 'I''.

The first slide shows listings for the Hercott family living in the Market Square in the late 19th Century, the second slide shows the Inglesby's from 1615 - 1731 and the last slide shows the Inskipp's from November 1747 until August 1945

Click on the image to download the files.




This selection from our Document Archive is taken from our Dunton Archive (provided by my Uncle Robert).

Slide one shows James and Martha Chessum's wedding taken at Thistley near Eyeworth, slide two shows the marriage of James and Louisa taken at Thistley in 1905 and slide three (shown to the right) shows daughter Alice and James and Martha Chesum's guests at their wedding at Newton Lane in Dunton.

Click on the image to the right to see these documents.



Potton History Society Photo Archive


This month's featured Photo Archive is PA1 - Air Snaps 1929 - 1965.

Slide one shows the view of Potton in 1929 (shown to the right), the second slide shows the view looking North in 1952 with the Sheep Walk in the foreground (you can clearly see the Tanyard chimney) and slide three shows the opening of Sandy Heath Transmitter in 1965 which has become our most visible land mark.

Click on the right image to download as a pdf file.





A Talk from last year’s programme


Tales And Dark Deeds in Old Biggleswade:- Jane Croot:- 23th April 2015.

The neighbouring Market Square at Biggleswade (shown to the right) has seen many local characters, strange events and dastardly happenings (apart from me living there for fifteen years as a youth).   


PHS Newsletter  

Here we present our last Newsletter number 56.

The Newsletter contains articles on A Star Attraction, A Tribute to Society Members Past and Present, Wright's of Gamglingay Farm Cart, Sean Hendy's Memories Of Lorien's and the Royal Scot Train Train Tours North America Part Three.

Please click on the image to the right to download the Newsletter.


Previous Newsletters  

This month's talk will take place as usual at 8pm in the Community Centre, Brook End. Admission £2.00 Non-members. Members free.

Why not join one of Bedfordshire's most active Local History Societies?

Membership available now.

Please see the 39th Programme for a full guide to our talks in 2016.  


Society News


A Massive New Upload Concerning Potton.


A huge amount of new data concerning Potton has been issued recently by our local Records Office. Click on the image below to download all of this. Be warned that it is many pages although it is a relatively small download.

If you are at all interested in the history of Potton (which of course you all are) this is essential. We've learnt so much and so can you.

Just click on the image below.  



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