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Created 8-Jan-15
Modified 8-Nov-19
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I was born at Lidlington in 1940 and lived here until 1960. Nowadays I make occasional visits. It is quite a pretty place but in the 1940s and 50s it was blighted by acrid smoke pollution from the brickyards at Marston Valley and Stewartby to the east, and Ridgmont to the west. The hills to the south trapped the smoke which caused leaves to fall early and the softening of bones of the cattle grazing on the hillsides. I always felt the the village was a cut above the rest because it had a railway which ran past my grandfather's garden. Of LNWR origin the railway was LMS when I first became aware of it, then BR (London Midland).
This collection is of early photos or post cards which came into my possession, or my own photos. I have put the post cards as 1930s.
In the 1940s/50s the village had a population of about 800 with 3 places of worship, 3 pubs, 3 grocery shops, a butcher, and a baker. Today with nearly double the population the village has 1 place of worship, 1 pub, and 1 small shop.
If you use the slideshow function you get a full size image, and a song provided by Nana Mouskouri.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory Detail:United Kingdom
Keywords:Bedfordshire, Brickyards, Lidlington, Railway

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