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Shortstown Heritage

The Short Brothers time at Shortstown

Although in the scheme of things the Short brothers were here for a very small amount of time (1915-1920) they have left their mark on our village in many ways. Their insistence in building the best quality houses for their workers in 1917 in spite of there being a national shortage of building materiels means almost 100 years later their houses are still as robust as ever and give Shortstown its unique identity. We also have the wonderful shed 1 to be thankful to them for and of course the Shorts Building which has had many names and uses since their departure but today we still know it as The Shorts Building.

In this section there are pages for the workers employed by the brothers,and for the airships they built here - namely the R31 and R32. Although Shorts started work on the R38 they had left Bedford before its completion and so that airship does not appear in this section but can be found in other pages on this website.

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