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Shortstown Heritage

Contact & Acknowledgements

If you have any information or comments you would like to share or indeed any questions you would like to ask about this site please fill in the form below or email: jyh@shortstownheritage.co.uk


Given the transient nature of many of the former residents of Shortstown it has been very difficult to keep track of people and events and much of the information on this site has come from sources outside of the village and so I must register my grateful thanks to the following people and organisations.
Bedford & Luton Archive Services - Without doubt the extensive records held by the local archive offices have been pivotal in this research and it is my firm belief that if such services were not available Shortstowns history would have been lost forever. Personal thanks must go to Trevor Cunnick and also to Nigel Lutt for their helpful assistance in the past three years.

Den Burchmore - Archivist at the Airship Heritage Trust  - Thanks to Den for providing me with invaluable information and his continued support in my research and one day I hope to find the things he has been looking for! Also grateful thanks to the Airship Heritage Trust for allowing use of their images.

John Day - John Day is the creator of Ampthillimages.com. This is a wonderful website with over 14,000 pictures of local interest which John has set up by scanning glass negatives of press photographs held in the Records Office in Bedford. Thanks to his hard work (all done voluntarily) I have been able to include some interesting photos on this website - thank you very much.

Mr Bill Bell - Many thanks to Mr Bell for sharing some of his wartime memories with us.

The Late Mr Arthur Thurston - It is thanks to the foresight of Mr Thurston that there are some records in the village of the early years on the Camp.

Mr Brian Conder - Many thanks to Mr Brian Conder for providing information about his father and also the wonderful photographs of the Bournemouth Airship.

Mr Colin Crane - For sharing his childhood memories of the Aerodrome.

Cranfield University - For allowing me access to their archives of Lord Kings Norton.

Mrs Margaret Cox  - long term resident of Shortstown - For sharing some of her wartime memories and invaluable photographs. This lady has a very good memory!

Mr Derek Jones  - for allowing his street histories to be shown here.

And lastly but by no means least!

The Walk in Webshop Bedford - Grateful thanks to Monique and Nicky for their professionalism, dedication and very generous support in the construction of this website.

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