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Watercress beds - Edlesborough

September 6, 2011 by Rob Burns in forum Genealogy / History

#969 Rob Burns, 6 September 2011, 18:39

At present I am assisting someone who is compiling a list of the watercress beds active in England during the 1900s-1910s.

Two of the sites mentioned in the old LCC's records were aparently run, or owned by, a Mr. Simmons at Edlesborugh.

Please may I ask if any of this forum's readers have any further knowledge on these and where exactly they were located?

I would be very appreciative of any clues that may be offered.

#970 Tom n Harry, 7 September 2011, 11:27

According to a book "Windmills and Watermills of Bedfordshire" the Simmons family at one time were at Bellows Mill.
Could be the place for you to start.

#971 Rob Burns, 7 September 2011, 12:36

Thank you again for your help.

I looked at Google maps satellite image of the area and there are 2 distimct lakes/pools in Bellows Mill. This could easily be former Watercress beds.

I also noticed on the 1911 Census information on this site that a Mr Simmnos lived at Harling House. That being nearby may also add to the evidence.

#972 Tom n Harry, 7 September 2011, 12:43

Bellows Mill backs on to Slickets Lane in Edlesborough and is also very close to the Ford...


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