The Home Page
for the Blunham Village Web Site.

(Established October 1995).

 

COMING EVENTS:

Future Events in the Village Hall

PHOTOGRAH DISPLAY OF BLUNHAM PAST AND PRESENT - SATURDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2014
£7-50 includes cheese and wine.
Colin and Pauline Hinson will be displaying their old and newer photographs of Blunham.

Come along and enjoy some cheese and wine and an evening of memorabilia

VILLAGE LUNCH - FRIDAY 7th MARCH 2014
Lunch at 1.00pm in the village hall
Come along and enjoy sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes all with tea or coffee for £7.50 per person. .
Please see the Village Hall page for more events
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Welcome to our village and our web-site. I hope you find something of interest to you on this site whether you live in Blunham, or have an interest in the village from afar.

Blunham is a small village in Bedfordshire and is where my family and I live. It is about 45 miles north of the centre of London and about 2 miles north of the town of Sandy (of RSPB fame). Blunham has about 400 houses of all sorts, some of which date from the 17th century. Below are links to a series of photographs of Blunham, starting at the two hump back bridges on Tempsford road leading from the Great North Road or A1 (the London-Edinburgh road), and then re-starting at the northern end (Grange Road), then working down the High Street, up The Hill to the southern end of the village on Barford Road. Unless otherwise stated, the photographs were taken by me or my family and you are welcome to use them for your own personal non-commercial use. If you are thinking of using them for any other purpose, please see the conditions of use page.

 

  1. The two hump-back bridges over the River Ivel and the Mill stream.
  2. Approaching Blunham, looking at the end of the High street with Grange road to the right.
  3. Entering Blunham with the High street to the left and Grange road to the right.
  4. Halfway down Grange Road, looking north and looking south.
  5. Looking south from Grange Road into the High Street with Red House Farm on the right, and from roughly the same place, looking north down Grange road (complete with our Samoyed).
  6. Two more views further down Grange road: View 1 (with our Samoyed again!), and View 2
  7. Looking south down the High Street from the northern end of the village with Pound Close on the right.
  8. Pound close from the High Street, and further in to the Close.
  9. The "Georgian" houses on the left hand side of the High Street in the summer, and the same view in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom.
  10. Looking into Brickhill Close from the High Street.
  11. Looking north up the High Street from the School.
  12. The village School showing a part of the older school building.
  13. The thatched older part of the School.
  14. Looking south down the High Street, towards the two pubs (The Salutation and The Horseshoes) from the school, with the entrance to Wellsfield between them.
  15. A composite photograph of the bungalows on Wellsfield.
  16. Looking towards The Horseshoes from The Hill, with Park lane on the right, and from the same location (but in spring), looking up The Hill.
  17. Another view looking further up The Hill.
  18. The half timbered and thatched houses at the bottom of The Hill, from Park Lane.
  19. The Church, the Old Rectory the War Memorial, from Park Lane.
  20. Another view of the War Memorial showing the names from WWII as well.
  21. Looking into the other end of Park Lane from The Hill.
  22. A view down Station Road from the top of The Hill.
  23. Barford Road taken from the top of The Hill, with Walnut Close on the right.
  24. A further view of Barford road towards the end of the village.
  25. The Blunham Playing Fields Association have their own playing field with Cricket and Football pitches, and an area for small children with swings and climbing frames etc.
  26. In the village we have various enterprises: The village store, the best Fish and Chip shop for miles around. We had until relatively recently a Post Office and Butcher's shop, but these have now closed.
  27. We also have a Village Hall, where the Teddybears' Mother and Toddler Playgroup meets twice a week, and other functions such as dances, jumble sales, etc. are held.
  28. In the recent past, we used to have three pubs in the village, but the The White Horse and the Salutaions are now private houses.
  29. The nearest river to Blunham is the River Ivel which forms part of the "Kingfisher Way".
  30. Looking along the Ivel towards the hump back bridges.
  31. Fishing on the River Ivel.
  32. Two views of the River Ivel at The Trap, one in spring and the other in winter (by Tim Sharrock)
  33. A view of the Church and The Old Rectory from The Trap (by Tim Sharrock)
  34. The old Village Lock-up, now being looked after as a garden shed.
  35. On a separate page you will find a selection of photographs showing the old Blunham from 80 to 100 years ago. The old photos were supplied by various people, including Ionie Brennan (Australia), Charlie Harding, Joan Skelton and Frank Reed (all of Blunham).
  36. Some photographs of individual houses:
  37. The Old Farm House (3 The Hill)
  38. The Old Post Office, now a private house.
  39. Battle Cottage for the Battle family in Australia.
  40. 77, The Hill (by special request).
  41. Red House Farm (for Derek to make wallpaper with). :-)
  42. Fountains and its garden especially for Lorna in Israel. (by Tim Sharrock).
  43. 99-105 High Street for Steve and Sue.
  44. The Manor House, Park Lane.
  45. The former racehorse called Blunham.

If you would like a specific house or view in and around Blunham placed on this site, please drop me a line (or knock on my door if you are in the village).

My main interest on the World Wide Web is genealogy, and in particular the Genealogical Service for the United Kingdom and Ireland (Genuki), and I maintain and develop the Yorkshire pages for that service.

My wife Pauline and my two daughters Stella and Anne have assisted with some of the transcriptions. Pauline maintains the "Yorkshire recipes" pages, and the pages for the Blunham Teddybears Mothers and Toddlers Playgroup and also the page for the Village Hall.

+Due my interest in Genealogy, I have several rare books (mainly on Yorkshire). I am slowly scanning these and placing the results on CDrom which I have for sale.


Colin Hinson
Page last updated on 21st February 2014 by Pauline Hinson