Sharnbrook Local History Group was founded in 2006 as part of the Learning for Pleasure Initiative within the village. The Group normally meets fortnightly on Wednesday afternoons during the Autumn and Spring Terms at the Methodist Church in Park Lane, Sharnbrook. The Summer term is used for continuing the work on specific research projects.

OUR NORMAL PROGRAMME IS ON HOLD DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC but we do have a few ZOOM sessions scheduled during 2021:

The first will be on 27th January and the speaker will be Stephen Coleman who is a long standing supporter of our group, as a former Historic Environment Officer in Bedford and currently working in Central Bedfordshire.  He will give the talk he was planned to bring to us last March –  “A History of Bedfordshire Hedgerows”.

On  10th February Bob Ricketts will give his talk – An illustrated history of Bedford – from King Offa to 1837”.

On 10th March David Ingham, Project Manager at Albion Archaeology, will talk about “A deserted Bedfordshire village and its Anglo-Saxon origins”  He has subtitled it “Vikings and cannibals in 9th-century Bedfordshire”!

On 12th MayBob Ricketts will give another talk – “An illustrated history of Bedford from 1837 TO 1939

On 16th June  Prof Carenza Lewis will update us on the Medieval settlement research in a talk  – “Pits, Pottery and Pandemics – The Black Death in your garden”

The active programme will normally consist of a series of talks, regular visits to places of local interest and tackling the research projects where data is collected and analysed, results are published and historical records/photographs are archived.

We were the first site in Bedfordshire to be included in the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) initiative run by Access Cambridge Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Other projects in the parish include collaboration with Colworth Archaeological Society.

New Monthly snippet: As well as the archaeology maps we have added some new maps that include other data sources – take a look at our ONLINE MAPS page at

DOMESDAY These mapping techniques have also been used to analyse some of the Domesday data recently detailed in the talk updating the progress on the Land Ownership project. These new maps are available at

NEW BOOKS available see our publications page

Current Committee
Chairman: June Barnes 01234 781791
Projects: Des Hoar 01234 782717
Members: Colin Scott, Richard Handscomb