Publications

Talk to us about your requirements – contact us.
Payment has to be in cash or by cheque.
Many of the books are also stocked in a number of locations such as Howells in Hitchin Street.

All books can be despatched to you anywhere in the world but please note that all prices will be subject to a post and packing charge at cost that will depend upon the weight and destination of your order.

Special Bumper Offer of Biggleswade History Society Books

Buy 5 and get 6.

Buy 5 books at £1.00 each and get another priced £1.00 for free.
All purchases are subject to postage costs.


Townsfolk of Biggleswade

Just £1.00 each plus postage.

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Vol 1
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Vol 2
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Vol 3
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Vol 4


Old Biggleswade Volumes 1 – 5

£1.00 each or £5.00 for a complete set of five volumes.
A highly detailed composite index of these volumes is available for just £4.50.

This popular series features photographs and press cuttings which have been fully researched and captioned; a fascinating insight into life in the town in days gone by. Many of the pictures include local people, making these of interest to anyone researching Biggleswade families.

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Bygone Biggleswade Volumes 1 – 3

£1.00 each or £3.00 for a complete set of three volumes.

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Biggleswade in Words and Pictures

£1.00

This is a reproduction of “A History of Biggleswade” first published by Spong and Sons in 1913. The Society has included local advertisements and thirty-two photographs for added interest plus an appendix written by member Don Hill.

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Biggleswade Heritage Trail – Vol 1

£1.00

This volume covers the heart of Biggleswade, High Street and Market Square, as a historical descriptive walk along the properties with 199 accompanying photographs.

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The Great Fire of Biggleswade – June 16th 1785

£1.00

An account of the fire and historical notes relative to that period in the town’s history.

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True Tales Told of Biggleswade of Old

£1.00

This is a fascinating insight into the customs and practices of the past. It provides a permanent record of reminiscences that would otherwise be lost forever.

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Ken Page Publications

Thirsty Old Town – The Story of Biggleswade Pubs

£1.00

Pubs have always been a prominent feature in our town. This book provides an extensive catalogue of Pubs past and present complete with black and white photographs of many of them. It is arranged by location making it easy to follow a trail of discovery.

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The Story Of Biggleswade Brewery

£1.00

This book was put together after much extensive research.
It is based on Ken’s personal experience over 49 years supplemented by talking to fellow workers and studying a wealth of documents.

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Other Biggleswade Publications

Dan Albone – Cyclist, Inventor and Manufacturer
by Ray Miller and Lee Irvine

£15.00
(£20 for limited edition copies with author-signed certificate)

Purchase the book at a special discount price direct from Jane Dale, it is not available from our general publications supplier.
This very special publication is not available in any shop.

To order – for postal delivery.
Please send a cheque for the required amount plus £5 postage.
Make cheques out to Biggleswade History Society and send to:
Jane Dale, 31 Church Street, Gamlingay, Sandy, Beds. SG19 3JH.
Include your name, full postal address for delivery and contact tel.no./email.

The book can also be purchased at some Society meetings, please contact us to arrange.

Dan Albone (1860–1906), a Biggleswade man, was an important figure in cycling during the 1880s and 1890s, not only as rider, inventor and ‘Ivel’ cycle manufacturer, but also as someone who was renowned for providing hospitality for cyclists.
He was not a major manufacturer but his influence was profound, working with A.J.(Faed) Wilson and G.P. Mills. He was also a great character and a prominent public figure in Biggleswade.
This comprehensive work presents new material on the development of the hands-off safety bicycle, the first practical ladies’ bicycle and the tandem, as well as the Ivel Motor Car, Motor Bicycle and the Ivel Agricultural Motor (tractor).
A dozen of Dan’s catalogues are reproduced together with all of his patents. Profusely illustrated, this attractive hard cover book has 434 printed A4 pages and will be treasured by all those who are interested in Dan and in Biggleswade’s history.

Published by the Veteran-Cycle Club and launched in Biggleswade by Biggleswade History Society on 10 January 2012.

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Addenda and Corrigenda

We thank all who have purchased a copy of Ray Miller & Lee Irvine’s book on Dan Albone Cycles, Inventor & Manufacturer, ‘Ivel Cycles’.
From feedback and painstaking checking a number of corrections and additions have been collated for a fuller picture and your enjoyment.
Please download the Addenda and Corrigenda and continue to learn more about Biggleswade’s pioneer and inventor:
Dan Albone Addenda and Corrigenda (PDF)

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Remember Your Manor – Stratton Park Estate, Biggleswade
by Mary Webb

The demise of Stratton Park Estate. 2nd Edition.

£1.00

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