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All the articles referred to in this news summary have been taken from The Bedford Record, which can be consulted in the Local Studies Library at Bedford Central Library.

Bookmakers advertSport

In the 3rd round of the F.A. Cup at Highbury in front of a 55,000 crowd Bedford Town drew 2-2 with Arsenal after being two goals down with 15 minutes left. The Eagles goal scorers were Steel in the 76th minute and Moore in the 84th minute. (10th January)

An all steel grandstand with 3,500 seats is to be erected on Bedford Town F.C. ground at a cost of 16,000. (17th April)


The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Air Research Establishment's new transonic wind tunnel at Manton Lane, Bedford. (8th May)


Semi detached houses at Oakley, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, wide hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, garage, garden from 2,675. (17th January)

Bungalow, Putnoe, 2 bedrooms, large living room, kitchen, bathroom, garden, 2,150; house, Putnoe, 3 bedrooms, half tiled bathroom, sep.w.c., 2 rec. rooms, kitchen with domestic boiler, garage space, 2,470. (11th September)

Risborough Road, 2 rec., 3 bedrooms, bathroom, pleasant garden with garage, 2,500. (16th October)

Queens Park, 2 rec., breakfast room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, walled garden, 1,650. (13th November)


Frasers, 85-89 Harpur Street, 8 days in Belgium from 12.2.0, 14 days in Austria from 21.0.0. (17th January)

Cooks, Biggleswade, 5 days Paris 17.10s, 10 days in Paris-Switzerland 26. (17th January)


The cost of the Bedford Record Newspaper rises from 2d to 3d. (6th March)

A one and a half miles stretch of Bedford's river between Bedford and Cardington was officially re-opened to river craft. (3rd April)Bedfordshire Agricultural Show

Bertram Mills Circus and Menagerie, Cardington Road, April 30th-2nd May, daily at 4.45 and 7.45, unreserved seats 4/6, 6/6 and 8/-, numbered chairs stalls 10/6, boxes 12/6. (17th April)

Bedfordshire Agricultural Society 147th Annual Show, Friday & Saturday 13th-14th July at Cardington Road, admission adults 4/-, children under 15 2/-, water bus service from the Stonebridge, Bedford direct to showground for the same admission charges. (10th July)

Kempston Show, Addison Howard Park, Saturday 18th August, England's Largest One-Day Show, 39 acres of star acts, sports and attractions absolutely non-stop, Meet T.V. Grove Family Granny Grove in person. (7th August)

Searchlight Tattoo organised by the Bedford Round Table held at Kempston Barracks and watched by over 3,000. (9th October)


Granada 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' with William Holden and Jenifer Jones. (7th February)

Plaza 'Artists and Models' with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis; PicturedromeCinema advert 'Meet Me in St. Louis' with Judy Garland. (14th February)

Granada 'Private's Progress', with Terry Thomas and Ian Carmichael. (1st May)

'Rock Around the Clock', the film that caused riots in some cinemas is not to be banned in Bedford. (18th September)

Granada 'The Searchers', with John Wayne. (16th October)

Bedford Film Society's 10th season starts with 'Dr. Knock' at the Picturedrome on Sunday at 2.30, total of 17 films for a subscription of 16 shillings. (25th September)

Norman Wisdom is making his latest film comedy 'Up in the World' on location at Woburn Abbey. (14th August)

Advert for record playerHousehold

George Ayers, 9 The Broadway, the heated hoover washing machine, just turn on the heater and heat the water in your Hoover washing machine to the correct temperature 61.0.0. (14th February)

Wells, High Street, three piece suite for 69gns. (30th October)

Fraser, 85/9 Harpur Street & 7 The Arcade, portable record producer, plays 78,33 and 45 r.p.m records, 24gns. (16th October)

Barkers, 80 Midland Road, second hand TV sets, a 10 inch for 12.10.0 and a 12 inch for 22..10.0

Longhurst & Skinners, 42 Midland Road, 4ft bedroom suite, matt oak veneers, double-door robe, 4ft dressing-table and gent's robe 69.19.6. (3rd January)


Cyril Bates, 57-59 Midland Road, Sale - Children's Satinette Raincoats 5/-, Child's Duffle Coat 25/- Ladies Dresses 20/- (21st February)

E.P. Rose, High Street, Brushed Wool Cardigans 45/-, Girls' Blazers 15/-, sale prices. (3rd January)

Hepworths, 5 Silver Street, individually made to measure suits 8.19.6. (10th January)

Bedfordshire Autocar advertMotor Cars

Bedfordshire Autocar, 8-10 The Broadway, Ford Anglia Saloon standard model 541.7.0, De Lux Model 74.7.0 (20th March), Ford Popular 413.17.0 (27th March)

Wilson Bros., 21-23 St. Mary's, Standard Ten 430 (10th January), The Standard 6cwt Delivery Van 390 (21st February), Standard Super Eight 608.17.0 (27th March) Standard Vanguard Estate Car 1148.17.0 (11th December)

Trevor Huddleston

Father Trevor Huddleston, on a three day visit to Bedford spent some time in Hockliffe's shop on Saturday autographing copies of his recently published book "Naught for your comfort". (29th May)

Air Raid Sirens

As a routine test, sirens in Bedford and Kempston will be sounded for one minute at 9.30 am on Sunday September 30th. (25th September)


Bedford's "Only Rock 'N Roll Band" has no public, article notes the failure of this type of music to get a following in Bedford. (30th October)

Frankie Vaughan is kindly appearing without any fee at Bedford Corn Exchange on Wednesday 31st October at a Variety Concert in aid of Bedford Boys' Club. (30th October)

Advert for Tysley ToysToys

Lowe's, The Toy Shop, 18 The Arcade, special "pedigree" 20inch walking and talking dolls, fully dressed with hair 45/- (30th October)

Bedford Co-operative, 32 Midland Road, child's tricycle 14.14.5, doll's pram 9.17.3.(27th November)

Meccano Outfit No.00. 20 easy to build models 5'9, the toy that grows with the boy. (23rd October)

Periodicals and Comics

The following were among those that could be purchased at local newsagents in the area; Picture Show, Sunday Companion, Home Chat, Woman's Companion, The Miracle, Marilyn, Women's Illustrated, School Friend, Lion, Girls's Crystal, Film Fun, Tiger, Children's Newspaper, Chicks' Own, Tiny Tots, Rainbow, Charles Buchan's Football Monthly. (24th April)


A new early morning train is to be run between Bedford and Luton for the benefit of workers travelling to the Vauxhall Motors works who for sometime been dissatisfied with the present travelling facilities. The new workman's train will leave Bedford at 7.00am. (20th March)


Two deaths from Polio confirmed, a married woman and a four year old child. (3rd January)

Polio vaccine for Bedfordshire, new vaccine which is believed to confer a degree of protection against the disease. (31st January)

More details about the vaccine, supplies available will be used to vaccinate children ages 2-9 years. (7th February)


Work on the proposed park on the Putnoe Estate is to start. (27th March)

Guild House

Former Library Premises to be a Guild House, The future of the former Working Men's Institute in Harpur Street which was until recently the premises of the County Library is being discussed. (10th April)


Aid Hungary Appeal Issued by Mayor. (13th November)

Arrival of 51 Hungarian Refugees who had fled the Hungarian Uprising arrived at Midland Road Railway Station and were taken to the brickworks hostel at Kempston Hardwick. (11th December)

Christmas Gifts

David Robinson, 100 High Street, Russell Hobbs Coffee Percolator 5.2.5, Remington Four-Mist Electric Razor 6.19.6, Kenwood Chef Food Mixer 31/8/0,Hoover Steam Dry Iron 4/15/0. (11th December)

James Walker, 65 High Strret, Solid Gold Cuff Links 4.4.0, Stone Set Gold Necklet 3.3.0, Stratton Compact Cigarette Case and Lipstick Holder in Jewel Case 6.2.6., Man's fitted travel set in zip fastening leather case 4.0.0.(11th December)

Page last updated: 22nd January 2014