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POST, M.O. & T.O., T.M.O., S.B., Express Delivery, Parcel Post & Annuity & Insurance Office. - Miss Jane Mardlin, sub-postmistress.

Letters received from Bedford at 8 & 12 am; dispatched at 11 am 4.30 & 6.30 pm; Sundays, arrive at 8.20 am; dispatched at 3.40 pm

WALL LETTER BOX, near the station, cleared at 4.45 pm week days and 3.35 on Sundays


National (mixed), built in 1847, with master’s residence, for 350 children; average attendance, 65; George Edward Hopkins, master

Infants’, built in 1856, with mistress’s residence, for 60 children; average attendance, 40; Miss T. Hulatt, mistress

The Bedfordshire Reformatory, in this parish, was founded in 1857 by the exertions of the late Thomas Charles Higgins esq. of Turvey House, then chairman of quarter sessions for the county, & was certified on April 9th in that year for 70 boys; it is now, with Government aid, self-supporting; the building consists of a large school room, dining room, dormitories & smaller sleeping-rooms for the use of the boys, besides apartments for the superintendent & matron, assistant matron, school master & two labour masters; the outbuildings include a workshop, tool-shed, bakehouse, dairy & open shed; the farm buildings comprise a barn, sheds and stables; the land belonging to the school farm is about 50 acres, to which an additional farm of 75 acres was added in 1887; the boys are employed on the farm & are taught all kinds of agricultural work; they are admitted from Buckinghamshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Wakefield, Boston, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex & the borough of Leicester, by agreement; & the managers do not object, upon proper application, to take in boys from other counties or towns: this institution is under the management of a committee of visitors; chairman, Maj. W. Francis Higgins, Chauntry House: there are now (1898) 45 boys, who are maintained & instructed in agricultural pursuits: Morris Fisher Cock L.R.C.P. Lond. medical officer; Rev. William Henry Denison M.A., hon. sec.; John Jones, superintendent; Mrs. Jones, matron; Miss Jones, assistant; John Gardner, schoolmaster; Ernest Jones, assistant schoolmaster.


Charles Bailey, to & from Bedford, Mon. Wed. & Sat.; to & from Olney, Thurs

Field passes through from Olney to Bedford, Thurs

Midland railway, to all parts; Edward Arnold, Station Master


George Osborn, cab to & from Turvey station & village, to meet trains as required

This is a transcription of the listing of the 1898 Kelly’s Directory entry for Turvey.  Many thanks to Mr Brian Comley for kindly sending me this information.

1898 Kelly’s Directory

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