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Bedfordshire Women's Land Army

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Sharnbrook House

Bedfordshire Women's Land Army > Bedfordshire Hostels
Location: High Street, Sharnbrook.
OS Ref: SP99485972
Description: Large eighteenth century town house.
Opened: c. Early 1944 (?)
Closed: c. December 1949

Sharnbrook House Hostel and grounds Sharnbrook House Hostel

Sharnbrook House Hostel

More information about this hostel

  • There were six bunk beds in most of the bedrooms.  Land girls were not allowed to use the grand staircase in the house but used the back stairs, previously used by the servants.
  • Land girls put on a show in the village hall in June 1944 to raise money for the 'Salute the Soldier' week.
  • Garden party, sports day and dance held at Sharnbrook Hostel, Sat 28th July, 1945. Three hundred land girls and 200 soldiers from Grange Camp attended this event, arranged by the Women's Land Army and the War Agricultural Executive Committee for hostel Land Girls in the county. Afternoon inter-hostel competitions, including a tug of war. Evening entertainment by ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) and cabaret by land girls.
Sharnbrook Land Girls

Sharnbrook land girls

  • At 14 February1946 WLA Grand Parade in Bedford, the Sharnbrook contingent was led by Vera Goldsmith. The hostel Warden at that time was a (Mrs.?) Hicks.
  • Wardens included Mrs Hicks, Mrs Porter, Mrs Oliver and Mrs Clarke.
Sharnbrook House Land Girls Group

Sharnbrook House land girls Group

Location of Sharnbrook hostel

Location of Sharnbrook hostel
OS 6" map 1951 Bedfordshire sheet VII NW

More Pictures of Sharnbrook Land Girls

Stuart Antrobus Historian/Author

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