The Home Page
for the Blunham World Wide Web Site.
(Established October 1995).
This site has moved to
if you have any "bookmarks" that link to this page,
amend them to Blunham.com
This page will remain, but all the rest will be found
their new home, along with (eventually) many more photographs
on the more spacious new web-server.
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. There are no "frames"
or scripts on this site - just plain text and photographs which
should come to you rapidly even if (like me) you are using a 56K
Blunham is a small village in Bedfordshire and is where my
family and I live. It is about 40 miles north of London and about
2 miles north of Sandy (of RSPB fame). The village has about 400
houses of all sorts, some of which date from the 17th century.
Below are links to a series of photographs of the village, starting
at the two hump back bridges on Tempsford road leading from the
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.
- The two
hump-back bridges over the River Ivel and the Mill stream.
Blunham, looking at the end of the High street with Grange
road to the right.
Blunham with the High street to the left and Grange road
to the right.
- Halfway down Grange Road, looking
north and looking
- 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).
- Two more views further down Grange road: View
1 (with our Samoyed again!), and View
south down the High Street from the northern end of the village
with Pound Close on the right.
close from the High Street, and further
in to the Close.
- 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.
- Looking into Brickhill
Close from the High Street.
north up the High Street from the School.
- The village School
showing a part of the older school building.
- The thatched older
part of the School.
- Looking south down the High
Street, towards the two pubs (The
Salutation and The
Horseshoes) from the school, with the entrance to Wellsfield
- A composite photograph of the bungalows on Wellsfield.
- 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.
- Another view looking further
up The Hill.
- The half
timbered and thatched houses at the bottom of The Hill, from
- The Church,
Rectory the War
Memorial, from Park Lane.
- Another view of the War
Memorial showing the names from WWII as well.
- Looking into the other end of Park
Lane from The Hill.
- A view down Station
Road from the top of The Hill.
Road taken from the top of The Hill, with Walnut
Close on the right.
- A further view of Barford
road towards the end of the village.
- 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.
- In the village we have various enterprises: The
Post Office, The
butcher's shop, Carryhome
village store, the best Fish
and Chip shop for miles around.
- We also have a Village
Hall, where the Teddybears'
Mother and Toddler Playgroup meets 3 times a week, and other
functions such as dances, jumble sales, etc. are held.
- In the recent past, we used to have three pubs in the village,
but the third (The
White Horse) is now a private house.
- The nearest river to Blunham is the River
Ivel which forms part of the "Kingfisher Way".
- Looking along
the Ivel towards the hump back bridges.
on the River Ivel.
- Two views of the River Ivel at The Trap, one in spring
and the other in winter
(by Tim Sharrock)
- A view of the Church
and The Old Rectory from The Trap (by Tim Sharrock)
- 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
- Some photographs of individual houses:
- The Old
Farm House (3 The Hill)
- The Old
Post Office, now a private house.
Cottage for the Battle family in Australia.
The Hill (by special request).
House Farm (for Derek to make wallpaper with). :-)
and its garden
especially for Lorna in Israel. (by Tim Sharrock).
High Street for Steve and Sue.
- After the completion of the Parish Council Millenium project
to restore the Cemetery Chapel (some people wanted to knock it
down rather than spend the money), an open day and an exhibition
of "Bygone Blunham" was held on the 23rd of September
2000. A total of 155 signed the visitors book (and not everyone
who went signed), and I believe a good day was had by all who
attended. Here are some photographs of the Chapel:
- Doug Chambers has written some comments on the above photos,
and some of
his memories of Blunham from the point of view of WWII evacuee.
- Don't forget that there is another web site dealing with Blunham and
maintained by Steve Harris, which has some more photographs along
with short histories relevant to the village and links to interactive
maps showing where the village is.
- For the Genealogists or Historians there are also some pages
on the Genuki site dealing with Blunham
of the 19th century including names of some of the people.
- If you have an interest in the names Vincent,
Gauge or Barker in the village then Carol Twite would love
to hear from you. Please drop me a line through my email
page and I will put you in contact with her.
- If you have an interest in the Payne family who lived at
Blunham house for several generations, then David McPhee would
like to hear from you. You will find his email address and his
Payne information on
his web page, along with very old pictures of Blunham
Please remember that this page is no longer kept up to date,
and you should use the new web-site at Blunham.com
for current information.
This page last updated: 10th February 2004