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Your Summer Edition


Here’s a taster for what you’ll find inside your summer edition of County Life Magazine...


The county town of Bedford features in this edition’s ‘Down Your Way’. Standing astride the banks of the River Great Ouse the town, as we see it today, occupies the site of an early settlement whose position was determined by the course of the Ouse. What’s more, Bedford can boast a rich and diverse history with pockets of natural and picturesque beauty - aspects that continue to draw in visitors each year, with many more deciding to make the county town their home.


A household name with a strong Bedfordshire heritage, Whitbread traces its long history back over 275 years when it was first established by Samuel Whitbread senior, who was born in Cardington. This edition’s ‘Aspects of Bedfordshire Life’ is entitled ‘A Bedfordshire Brewery’ and takes a look at the business, which has gone on to innovate, experiencing highs and lows through the centuries. Whitbread may now have moved on and away from brewing, but Bedfordshire remains central to the 21st-century business with its diverse portfolio.


Our region has connections with many famous people. One modest mechanic had such vision, dreams and aspirations that, together with his partner, he became one half of our a very famous duo, whose names became synonymous with engineering supremacy, and luxury and status. Last year, 2018, marked the 155th anniversary of the birth of Sir Frederick Henry Royce OBE, co-founder of the famous Rolls-Royce company.


With crime rife during the late 18th-century, transportation to the colonies was the solution. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire provided their share of 136,000 men and 25,000 women, transported to Australia since the first fleet arrived in 1788. Steal £1 and you could hang, but convicts were often reprieved and banished, seven years being the usual term, with women becoming assigned servants and men sent farming.


Enjoy your summer garden with the help and advice of the ‘County Gardener’. Having made the effort in the spring now is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labours.


In this issue’s ‘Great Days Out’ we return to Rye. “There is not in all England a town so blatantly picturesque as Tilling”. So said E.F Benson, of his home town of Rye, East Sussex, used by the author as the setting for his popular Mapp and Lucia novels. We also have a selection of events to inspire you, with the chance to win tickets to summer concerts being held at Audley End House.


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