HRHS Launch Archive Photo Site for Houghton Regis

A new website was launched today at the Visitor Centre in Houghton Hall Park. A gathering of interested people heard from David Hill and Roger Turner of the Houghton Regis Heritage Society as they unveiled a new Web Picture Archive.

A First For Houghton Regis - A Web Picture Archive

The website at  contains a wealth of old photographs of Houghton Regis, the village, and later as a town, grown up. The site is made up of a series of collections, the main one being the Pat Lovering Archive. This is a valuable collection by a lady who had photograph books published about Houghton Regis.

Chairman David Hill explained, “The Heritage Society was very keen to bring Pat's collection to a wider audience online, enabling visitors to not only look at the images but to order digital downloads of many. Great care was taken to protect copyright ownership of the photographs on the site, so viewing them online is restricted by a large watermark. When ordering a digital download the watermark is removed and a much higher resolution image is sent to the person ordering.”

Much of the work done to get the website up and running was done jointly by society treasurer Roger Turner, and David Hill. The ordering side is managed by Townsweb a professional digital archive management company who set up the system.

Roger Turner, HRHS treasurer, introduces the new website
The public house section shows present and former pubs of Houghton Regis including The Crown, The Kings Arms, Old Red Lion, Trips to the seaside, Bricklayer's Arms, Five Bells, The Rifle Volunteer, The White Horse.

A section on The Village shows Town Council past Mayors and chairmen from the past, farms and farmers, carnivals and fayres, fire brigade, High Street, Cemetery, old Maps, The Memorial Hall, Railway Stations (although know as Dunstable North and South, they were actually in Houghton Regis parish) early days in Parkside, Tithe Farm, The Hunt, and Upper Houghton (an area nowadays designated as part of  Dunstable).

Pictures can be viewed online, but high-quality digital downloads can be bought.
Copyright is retained by the picture author.

Other sections of the archive are set aside for churches, schools, people and their memories including recordings, remembrance WWI, Sewell, The Brandreths, Houghton Hall Park, Listed Buildings, Local poet, and The Quarry.

The Archive is a heritage project run by Houghton Regis Heritage Society in partnership with The Houghton Hall Park Renaissance Project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Society is responsible for running the project and its content.

The society points out that any downloads are for private research or educational purposes only. If an item is to be republished on any media like Facebook, it's use must be agreed by the Society in advance of purchase, and any such use has to be agreed by the Society and be acknowledged in the publication. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Society.

All income from sales is used to support the work of the Society.

The Society is always pleased to receive images, letters, maps or other items which reflect the character and history of Houghton Regis. Modern photographs are also welcomed and can be emailed to: provided that the person donating them is the copyright holder.

To take a look at what's on offer please go to

To find out more about the Heritage Society go to


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