Bedford's Motoring Heritage
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Bedford's Motoring Heritage by Richard Wildman
Book DescriptionThis book is a pioneering survey of a previously undocumented part of Bedford history, which has touched the lives of virtually everyone in the town. The rich heritage of pictures and other information about private motoring in Bedford, since motor vehicle registration was introduced a century ago, is revealed for the first time. Photographs, plans and adverts illustrate local car transport from the 'Golden Age' of pre-Second World War motoring to the modern era of near-universal car ownership. Early motor dealers, as well as the small number of locally manufactured cars, are covered in detail, as is the growth of leisure motoring. The Bedford Motor Club, founded in 1920, had an extensive programme of competitive and social events, many of which are illustrated here. The story of police cars in Bedfordshire is covered in a separate chapter. "Bedford's Motoring Heritage" brings the story up to more recent times, and the vast expansion of car ownership. Drastic changes to Bedford, as the planners tried in vain to give drivers unimpeded access to the town centre, are also documented, together with the move of garages away from the centre to the outskirts, and the decline of traditional petrol station forecourts. With its varied content, and fascinating selection of illustrations, "Bedford's Motoring Heritage" is essential reading for anyone interested in Bedford's History.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750932226
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Wildman
Bedford Then & Now, Hardback (November 2011)
The town of Bedford can trace its roots back to medieval times, and has seen many changes over the course of its long history.
Bedford, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Richard Wildman
Bedford exhibits a wealth of history in its old buildings and in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments which transformed it into an educational, industrial and residential centre. This book contains photographs that include places associated with John Bunyan, author of "The Pilgrim's Progress", and John Howard, the philanthropist.
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Author Biography - Richard Wildman
Richard Wildman is School Archivist of Bedford Modern School, Secretary of the Old Bedford Modernians' Club, and President of Bedford Archaeological and Local History Society. He is the author of five previous books of old photographs of Bedford and Bedfordshire, including Bedford in Old Photographs (The History Press, 2009). Alan Crawley is a third-generation member of a well-known family of Bedford motor dealers, and spent his whole career in the motor trade. A past president of Bedford Archaeological and Local History Society, he has also researched the Saxon origins of Bedford, and the names of its oldest streets.
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