Monday, 1 April 2013

Houghton Regis Heritage blog

A factual story based on an inaccurate story published yesterday by http://www.dunstabletoday.co.uk

Houghton Regis Heritage blog was set up by local resident Alan Winter to hold notes of his investigations into the rich history and importance of the town.

Writer Alan Winter, who also writes the Houghton Regis News Desk blog – presents his research findings on his associated blog.

On the blog he details the argument in favour of the town hosting a market.

Featuring photographs and maps from generations ago, the blog will appeal to any of Houghton’s sons and daughters interested in their town’s past.

Mr Winter spoke with a Bidwell farmer about some old photos he had found depicting Drury Lane.

He said: “I had a little chuckle when he mentioned that in the past he drove his cows up the road, along the High Street and down the side of the Village Green. I wonder what today’s folks would make of that?”

The blog even features a detailed timeline of the town that goes back as early as the last ice age.

The site also features an extensive bibliography, recommending literature for those interested in learning about the history of Houghton Regis.

To find out more, visit http://www.houghtonregisheritage.blogspot.co.uk.

This month, a Facebook group known as "Houghton Regis ........back in the day"  posted a 50-year-old photograph of a scene outside the King’s Arms. Upon noticing a distinctive car in the image, one of the group's members wrote, “Oh my god, that could be my dad in that car – he loved the Ford Popular.”

Meanwhile, a Heritage Society for the town is just starting up and hopes to have a fully functioning website soon. The group’s aim is to “stimulate interest in the history of the area by research and fieldwork”, as well as promoting Houghton Regis in general. One of the main focuses of the group is engaging with residents and learning their stories.

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