Sheila Oakley donated this Collection of Arlesey 80’s Photos to Arlesey TC Archive scanned by clive lombari

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The Car is approaching Arlesey Carpets drive

Arlesey Biggs Butchers

Biggs butchers Angela Bigg was in my class at Etonbury , i believe the butchers had a racehorse as well.John Hayes reminded me the horse’s name was Oxo .I remember now lots of Arlesey people having a flutter on it when it ran.

 Arlesey Cosy Cinema

A nice colour photo of the Cosy cinema , Nipper Dalton’s mum used to run it.

Arlesey Goodwins bakers

Peter Goodwins Bakery I believe he had a skip hire business as well. it would be good to have a bakery in the village like Stotfold has Ashwell Bakery.

Arlesey Hildons butchers

I remember my Mr Hildon senior mainly , and going in there with my mum. He stocked stuff for the Hospital road Italians as well.

Arlesey Lamb Meadow

Lamb Meadow I remember playing there for the under sixteens, and there was a very large crowd against a much fancied Hitchin Argonauts.I think we drew 1-1.

Arlesey Three Counties Firemans helmets

Three Counties Firemans helmets .I think the Fairfield hospital huts are in the background.

Arlesey W.I. Fire

W.I. being refurbished after the fire.What caused the fire? I bet the Insurance company would have tried hard getting out of paying for it today. Slightest thing and they don’t payout.The womens institute was built out of wood in 1918. It was used as a cinema until the Cosy opened in 1920. Later on London Brick Company donated all the bricks needed to rebuild it because even when i was a boy in the sixties it was also the village hALL.

Arlesey W.I. no roof

The Womens Institute was first made out of wood . It was used as a cinema to start with .  London Brick donated the bricks for the building so it could be rebuilt .New roof going on the W.I. parking was bad there then as well.Arlesey Women’s Institute Hall re-opened on the 29th October two years after being gutted by fire on 15th April 1981, the cost of restoration and rebuilding being around £24,000.

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I wonder why the double window was bricked up.Did Mr Biggs own the slaughterhouse as well ?

Grimes Cottage Arlesey with railway stuff

Grimes cottage with the railway memorabilia.Shame it was taken down i always used to look at it. Lyn lives there now I believe.

The star pub arlesey and Karl's Franklon's cottage

What a lovely little cottage shame it was demolished and not refurbished.

Even though Karl Franklin it was always cold even with a roaring fire. I remember a row of cottages behind there with an outside tap for the tenants.

Wartime Arlesey Aircraft Crashes and the History of RAF Henlow


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Lockheed Hudson bomber from RAF Tempsford on Stotfold to Arlesey road – crew of 4 killed – 28 Mar 1944;

The aircraft FK767 had left its base at RAF Tempsford on a training flight. There was an officer pilot  ,an officer navigator , and two airgunner sargeants. On operations as well they carried up to 4 agents and desperately needed supplies for the resistance.

  • The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. 
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  • RAF Tempsford was used during the war by the SOE (Special Operations Executive). It was from here that underground agents and their supplies were flown, and dropped into enemy occupied Europe. The station was home to “Special Duties” 138 and 161 Squadrons flying Whitley, Hudson, Halifax and Stirling bombers and also Lysanders.Over 80 aircraft were lost from Tempsford during the war, with many of their crews being killed.Gibraltar Farm Barn was built deliberately to look like a normal farm barn to fool German air-reconnaisance was where agents were supplied with their equipment and their poison pills, in case of capture. Today there are moving memorials to individual R.A.F. aircrews and S.O.E. agents inside the barn. Arround the barn memorial trees have been planted by the Czech, Norwegian and Polish underground resistance and others planted in memory of individual aircrews who never came back.Tempsford Airfield is a private airfield and as such not open to the public. Where possible small groups of visitors may be allowed access but only by prior arrangement. Anyone wishing to visit the airfield must telephone 01767 650251 beforehand
  • The Halifax Crash
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    This sad story happened on Sunday 19th December 1943 at 19.25. They  still had to fly 8 more sorties to finish their year. A Handley Page Halifax BB364 from Squadron 138 at Tempsford had been in the air 1 hour 5 minutes on a practice flight. It was circulating RAF Henlow airfield dropping off containers on paracutes at a height of 40 feet.
    The young Welsh pilot Sargeant Hubert Williams 21 , was from a small village in Carmarthenshire , called Talaris . He clipped the top of a 280 foot brickyard chimney. Flying low and  at night has got to be the most dangerous flying you can do , especially in a Blackout situation. He knew the chimneys were there but wasn’t flying high enough in the dark to clear them . The aircraft was 1 mile from the airfield.  It burst into flames killing all nine on board . The crash scene was just the other side of the Arlesey Common bridge. A neighbour of mine Ray Shiel heard the crash and rushed down there the next morning as soon as it got light.
    The RAF were trying to stop people going there. But being schoolboys they went in the back woods way and took some metal souvenirs. Parts of aircraft were scattered all over the common.The chimney lights were switched off due to Blackout regulations.The experienced pilot had 252 hrs solo experience. 25 hrs on Halifaxs , and 62 hrs night flying experience , 8hrs on Halifaxs. It was a truly British Crew .Today of course this could never have happened , because the chimney would have set of an alarm and been detected.
    One of the propellors of the Halifax was put up on one of the London Brick Walls.What a shame it has disappeared , it could have been on display somewhere in the village.
    They were so young.
    Pilot Sgt                   HuW Williams 21 ,            the Welsh pilot ,
    Air Gunner Sgt         Alexander McIntyre 36 ,    from Glasgow.
    Nav/Bomber Sgt       Joeseph Polland 31,         from Belfast.
    Pilot / Nav Officer     Cyril Wooldridge 32         from Bromley
    Nav Sgt                    Harold Houghton 22         from Horwich , Lancs
    Air Gunner Sgt         Frank Adams 22             from Islington
    Flt Engineer Sgt        Stanley Higham 23         Mawdesley Lancashire
    Air Gunner Sgt         John Mooney 28             Liverpool
    Air Gunner Sgt         Cyril Addison 37             Liverpool

    Role Heavy bomber
    Manufacturer Handley Page
    First flight 25 October 1939
    Introduction 13 November 1940
    Retired 1961 (Pakistani Air Force)
    Primary users Royal Air Force
    Royal Canadian Air Force
    Royal Australian Air Force
    Free French Air Force
    Produced 1940–1945
    Number built 6,178

    These are not the actual crew but other Temsford aircrew that crashed and died that they have photos of. These were obviously colleagues and friends of theirs.

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    History of RAF Henlow info from Wikipedia
    While I was researching this story I thought I would include raf Henlow as it is very close to Arlesey , and obviously aircraft were always flying over Arlesey, thus making us a target in WW2.

    Henlow was chosen as a military aircraft repair depot in 1917 and was built by MacAlpine during 1917 and 1918. 4 Belfast Hangars were built and are now listed buildings. An additional hangar was added to the inventory in the 1930s and this too is now listed. Originally a repair depot for aircraft from the Western Front, the Station officially opened on 18 May 1918 when Lt Col Robert Francis Stapleton-Cotton arrived with a party of 40 airmen from Farnborough. The parachute testing unit moved The Officers Engineering School moved there in 1927. During the Second World War Henlow was used to assemble the Hawker Hurricanes which had been built at the Hurricane factory operated by Canadian Car and Foundry in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, under the leadership of Elsie MacGill. After test flying in Fort William, they were disassembled and sent to Henlow in shipping containers for reassembly there. Over 1,400 Hurricanes (about 10% of the total) were built by Canadian Car and Foundry. Henlow was also used as a repair base. Hurricane fighters were dismantled there to be shipped to Malta as well. After the war, Henlow became the RAF Signals Engineering Establishment, but was reduced to a Radio Engineering Unit in 1980.

    A major RAF technical training college was also formed at Henlow after the Second World War and this was amalgamated with RAF College Cranwell in 1965. The RAF Officer Cadet Training Unit then moved in, but this also moved to Cranwell in 1980. In 1983, theLand Registry took over part of the site.

    Henlow Camp, a civilian settlement, has grown up around RAF Henlow since the station’s establishment.


    Today, RAF Henlow houses the Joint Arms Control Implementation Group (JACIG), all 3 of the RAF’S Police Wings (including the Tactical Provost Squadron), the RAF Centre for Aviation Medicine (RAF CAM), DE&S, 616 Volunteer Gliding Squadron which operatesVigilant T1 motor gliders and number 1 Military Intelligence Brigade HQ. A civilian flying school also operates from the site.

    Administratively, RAF Henlow was part of a combined base, RAF Brampton Wyton Henlow but this has been disbanded with RAF Brampton being closed.


    Henlow facilities include a Medical and Dental Centre, Officers’ Mess, WOs’ and Sgts’ Mess, Junior Ranks Club – ‘Whittles’, Junior Ranks Mess and Coffee Shop – ‘Crystals’, Welfare housing – ‘Whittle’s Inn’, Gymnasium, Swimming pool, bowling alley, an 8 runway grass airfield and a 9 hole golf course open to the public.


    RAF Henlow is also home to 2482 (Henlow) Sqn Air Training Corps.

11 Closed Arlesey Pubs (20 old Photos)

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These two are both Brickground Hotel .I Haven’t got them all The Cock ,(Hildons) the stag (Davis Row), the railway inn (Blands or Latimers),the bricklayers arms (Near the True Briton) and the Star, now its an Indian restaurant.

I will add the years wen they opened and shut soon too.

Brickground Hotel   47 Hospital Road.(Mallard)           now a nursey
Cock(hildons)   Hitchin Road.                             still a shop
Bricklayers Arms 1926  hospital rd                                  now a house
Crown 1985 Opened 1863.                            Now a Block of flats
Fountain  20  hitchin rd                                  now a house
Lamb Inn 196?   station rd                                 now   houses 
Prince Of Wales 1999 60 Hitchin Road. Opened 1865.  row of houses
Rose & Crown 1994 200 High Street.                        now a house
Stag 1926 Davis Row. Opened 1868.          now a house
Star 1994 High Street.                              now an indian restaurant
Three Tuns  201? High Street.                              now a house

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The City Arms this looks very similar to the steam engine but smaller.Same brewery as well.


The Crown


The Fountain

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the lamb inn


The Crown                                                                                                                                                                                       ???????????????????????????????

the rose and crown


the Fountain


The Fountain                                                                                                                                                                                  The Lamb Inn

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The Old Rose and Crown

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the prince of wales

Rose and Crown

the old rose and crown                                                                                                    I have had pints in them all that were open  in my drinking lifetime. My favourites were the Brickground , The Three Tons and The Oak. I still use the Oak and the Vicars Inn.

Arlesey house Must be Demolished (extract from Biggleswade Today)

Farm manager’s home must be torn down

The owners of an Arlesey pig farm have been left facing the prospect of tearing down a farm manager’s home they have built on their land without planning consent.

They have failed in a High Court fight to keep the building, which they claim is vital for a farm manager to keep an eye on the livestock, but which the local council says was not built in compliance with obligations it had imposed.

Wheelform Properties Ltd, and its directors, Mr and Mrs David Beatham, owners of Etonbury Farm, Stotfold Road, Arlesey, had asked judge Mr Justice Cranston to quash a Government planning inspector’s decision that the farm manager’s house must go.

The Beathams began building the property without planning permission and moved into it in 2005 pending completion of their own intended home on the farm for which they had been granted planning consent.

Now the judge has ruled that the inspector’s decision should stand. This leaves the Beathams with the options of demolishing the farm manager’s house, leaving it standing and risking prosecution under a Mid Beds District Council enforcement notice or continuing with their challenge to the stance taken by the authorities by appealing to the Court of Appeal against the High Court ruling.What do you think? Post a comment below

The couple were granted planning permission in 2003 for their intended home, Lake House, which won exceptional approval as a result of the quality of its design.

A site of about three hectares with its own separate access drive, looking out over landscaped lakes, and surrounded by the 22 hectare Etonbury Farm holding was earmarked for that.

The farm has also had a mobile home on it for a resident stockman since 1993 though. And in October 2004, Mid Beds District Council indicated that it would be prepared to grant planning permission for its replacement with a farm manager’s house if Wheelform met certain obligations.

On that basis that indication, construction work started but the High Court judge was told that the obligations in question were not met and planning permission was later refused.

Nevertheless, the three-bedroom modernist house was substantially completed, apart from external cladding of the upper floor and Mr and Mrs Beatham moved into it in 2005 while Lake House continued to be built.

The company made a retrospective application for planning permission in November 2005, but this was also refused, and the Council issued an enforcement notice requiring the house to be demolished.

Wheelform appealed to the inspector, claiming it was vital to have a farm manager on site to care for the pigs.

But, rejecting the appeal, the inspector said in his findings : “In general, I am satisfied that the agricultural operations on the farm, comprising the pig unit and the arable area, and possibly including some responsibilities for the composting operation and maintenance of the landscaped areas constitute full-time employment for a stockman/manager.

“However the relatively routine work does not to my mind require workers to be readily available at most times, or on hand day and night.”

He said that, should any emergencies arise, Lake House was equally close to the pig sheds for any disturbance to be noticed. Therefore, he concluded that a farm-worker living in the village of Arlesey would be able to provide essential care for the animals at reasonably short notice.

Challenging that decision at the High Court, Wheelform argued that the inspector’s decision was unreasonable.

It claimed he had failed to appreciate the nature of the farming enterprise, and the fact that the pigs required constant vigilance.

It also argued that he had not properly directed his mind to the fact that there was a lack of available houses in the surrounding area where a farmworker could live.

However, dismissing the company’s case, the judge said that the inspector’s decision was not unreasonable, and that it was not possible to go behind any of the conclusions he had reached.

Having seen an aerial photo of Arlesey Lake taken by Steve Maddox in May 2015 I believe the house is gone.

It must b gut wrenching tho to go thro all the emotions and stress of a build , ,after having 3 extensions done myself , and extortionate expense .Always a lot more than you have budgeted for , then to have to lay out more money to have it demolished. I am not completely heartless , BUT AGREED WITH CENTRAL BEDS! It needed to come down rules are rules.

My Mum’ s Memories of Arlesey 1928-1971 (Alma Allen) Hospital rd Arlesey (featuring 47 old photos)


Arlesey Station Rd

Mum was born Hospital Road and lived there from 1928 to 1933.

Station Rd Cosy cinema opposite the Lamb Inn


OLD victorian railway bridge three counties


silver jubilee helpers

Siding Primary school

the river

Over the railway bridge then walking down a bit by the river Hiz

She attended the Arlesey Siding school next to the Three Tuns pub . She went to the Cosy Cinema for entertainment, a corrugated iron building at the end of Hospital Road .This shook when trains went passed and blocked out the sound of the film. Across the beautiful Victorian railway bridge,was a common where cows grazed and went down to the river to water and cool down in the summer. It was also a place for ball games and walks over to Henlow Camp. She also went for walks to Arlesey Pits as it was called then. There was an old Post Office in the High Street where you stepped down from the pavement to enter the dark interior , and they sold clothes upstairs.


old post office was it Howells in the sixties


goodwins the bakers


true Briton


                                                                                                                                                                                                   Most of the kids were clothed either here or at the Co-0p.There was also the baker’s where you could watch the dough being kneaded by a fascinating machine through the window. The cottage where she lived for almost 5 years had, at that time, only gas laid on, no water and no electricity. They used a combination of gas lamps and oil lamps . Water had to be drawn from a stand pipe in the back yard, one of two that served the whole terrace. All hot water was heated on the gas stove, whether for a cup of tea or a bathe in the galvanised bath in front of the fire. The toilet was across the yard and in winter continually had it’s lead pipes burst. The stand pipe also had to be thawed out in very cold weather. Next to the toilet was the wash house where a wood burning boiler was fired up to do the weekly laundry. Hard work for her mother, Polly but for Alma with no responsibilities, it was among the happiest days of her life.


London Brick and the common where the Halifax aircraft crashed


love this shot with the open gate saying come on in


london brick

Arlesey reverend-bevan

Reverend Beavan and Ralfeleo buonogorio

Arlesey reverend bevan open air service 1935 king georgre v silver jubilee

Arlesey Siding School open air service

steam-train going thro arlesey

the original Flying Scotsman

Arlesey pits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Pits

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The Pitts

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Herbert and Polly Allen

Her dad Herbert worked at the nearby London Brick Company.It had several tall chimneys, none of which were illuminated during the war. One night I remember hearing a plane circling round and suddenly a terrible crash as it struck one of the chimneys. We learned later that it had been a Halifax practising dropping supplies at low level in Henlow. It was completely destroyed by fire which set off ammunition that she could hear from where it crashed in the common. Sadly all 13 crew perished. They later moved in with Herbert’s dad, Big Jim, who lived in the Gothic Farm House that was at the bottom of the yet to be built Lynton Avenue. One day her little brother George got out and was found cuddling the huge shire horse’s leg. This obviously frightened them, but she said the horse stood dead still and never moved a muscle, as if he knew it was a toddler down there. Herbert, Alma’s dad, then bluffed his way into the Foreman’s job at Arlesey London Brickyard. They the got the foreman’s house at the brickyard, handy for the pub. I remember mum telling me she always wanted to go with her older brothers and sisters, but being the smallest they used to put her in an empty clay carrying truck and start it rocking up and down. By the time it stopped and she could jump out they were gone.

clay wagons

I remember my brother and sister doing similar to me, go and get ur wellies on, they said, and when I came back out they were gone. They lived at the Brickyard until the family got a council house at St Peters Ave when Alma was 10 .


Halifax that crashed


Arlesey Common where the plane crashed

peter lombari prisoner of war

dad Peter Lombari

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Brickground Workers

brickground road Arlesey Arlesey Primary-School 1977

Arlesey siding primary school

That would have been 1938. The war then started and Arlesey was filled with London overspill. The classes got so large that St Peters hall was used as an extra classroom. Mum used to tell me she went here, and she never got taught much ‘cos all they did was sing songs all day long. That was her story anyway. They had a greyhound dog called Whitey who helped supplement the family of seven’s budget by catching rabbits over the fields around the lake and the sandpits. Rabbit stew was supposed to be very tasty. All the gardens were cropped to make the cost of living a bit cheaper. She used to keep chickens for eggs, that was quite common as well; then you could eat the chickens when the laying stopped. There were even gas lights at St Peters Ave in 1938, outside toilets and no washing machines. The schooling was very limited because of the very large classes, caused by the children evacuating London during the war. Alma left school at 14.

old vicarage

the old vicarage

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Tommy Baines

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coop butchers


mum alma

lorna nan and grandad polly rocking horse1 2 st peters ave

granddad herbert allen                                                                                              and Polly Mary Mills allen

polly rocking horsea arlesey

mollie , Polly and the twins daisey and jim

3d note2 5p note pump

Primrose lane pump

hillman minx 48PUR

10 lynton ave  1963


Mum on the float brother george in the pram nan holding the pram 1933 outside chemists

nice coat clive

10 lynton ave 1954

asylum road arlesey

Hospital road

10 lynton ave arlesey

Lynton Ave 1962

young alma allen polly daisey mollie arlesey

Alma Allen aged 10  and mum Polly and her brother George and 2 sisters Mollie and Daisey and lovely Whitey the dog

young herbert allen arlesey

herbert allen died 1962

There were loads of jobs in those days, you could walk out of one job and start another the next day, as all the factories needed labour. Mum used to bike to work at Letchworth as did most people. Met dad at a dance in the W.I. hall. Dad was a prisoner of war. He had to go back after war. When dad was allowed back he lived at the vicarage with Mr Bevan the vicar. They got married and lived at 2, St Peters Ave with Herbert and her mum, Polly, her brother, George, her sister, Daisey and Daisey’s daughter, Lorna. They eventually got a council house in Lynton Ave, once mum was expecting her third child – me. Dad was doing very well at work and kept getting promoted, so he bought our own house at Davis Row. He then got transfered to Kenfig Hill in South Wales where they were building a very modern plant.

Arlesey Town Football Club History Part2


Relative Mark Dear signalman and former arlesey player born 1892-1966

Went on and played for  Luton.

mark's team

Mark Dear second left

early team

Mark Dear middle front row approx 1902

Hi Clive,
I Saw your post about Arlesey football club, and thought you might be interested in two of the attached photos which I believe are both of Arlesey teams. The one that looks like a boys team must have been taken in the early years of last century as my grandfather (Mark Emanuel Dear) is sitting in the middle of the front row and he was born in 1891. Not many around who could recognise the other players!
I believe the other is also an Arlesey team photo, probably from the 1920’s (Grandad is seated second from left) although there were rumours that he trialled and may have actually played for Luton Town but the only evidence I have for this is a newspaper cutting – more on this in a minute.
Mark was an avid football fan all his life and he moved from Arlesey to 74 Beech Road, Luton where he lived just 20 yards from the Bobbers Supporters Club entrance at the back of the football ground. I have some newspaper cuttings from the Luton News in the mid 1930’s of a lively correspondence he maintained with “Crusader” who I believe was the sports editor. In one of these, Crusader speaks of his enjoyment watching Mark play but unfortunately does not reveal who he was playing for.
Mark worked on the railways all his working life (52 years!) much of it as a signalman in Luton West signal box. He died in 1966 aged 75.

untitled-1All the games were local derbies so losing was NOT AN OPTION . All the players were Arlesey men and you at least knew them or were  related . If you saw one getting hurt , the situation sometimes got explosive.
On Arlesey’s first game the opposition Biggleswade complained that the cow dung had not been removed from the pitch in 1892 ,even though they won 4-1 .I believe Long meadow was the Brickyard meadow

The games were played in Long Meadow , Lamb Meadow , and the Common . Bowskill who was playing well forward , scored a goal ,one of our own players shouted “handball” and the referee disallowed it.
Playing on a Common means you are unable to charge a gate.
The first win was a 5-0 victory over Shefford.
Archie Williams was appointed headmaster of Arlesey School in 1897 and was heavy involved in the club . He coached his school boys into very successful local schoolboy teams.
ATFC team played in long trousers and their working boots , a few of the wealthier players bought themselves a proper football shirt. There were no proper pitch markings , these weren’t introduced until 1904.
I see City Field farmer’s boy Rawlings played , and scored a goal.
4 good old Arlesey names in the team as well a Kitchener , Page , Devereux and Fossey.
The next season Arlesey’s stroppiness started coming out. A penalty was awarded against them , and the whole team walked off the pitch. , but they were already losing 6-0 to St Neots away.
In 1894 The Bury Meadow became the main location for Arlesey Teams until after the World War ii . The owners Mr Waterton’s and  then Mr H Goodwin’s sons later played for the Arlesey.  The teams changed in Bury Hall and the team meeting were at the White Horse.
After the War London Brick owned Bury Meadow and wanted it for their own Social Recreation activities. A bowling green was created. I remember George Crawley , Mick Murphy and Alec Whyte played there. Tea served in the White Horse after the games.
In 1900 the Asylum Football club was more established and better than Arlesey. Some of the Asylum players would play for Arlesey as well if they were free. If they worked at the Asylum that is where their loyalties lay  after all , they paid their wages.Some got good jobs at the asylum just because they were good at Football , Cricket , or played an instrument.
In one match the referee had to stop the game to caution one of the Arlesey spectators.The beginning of Football Hooligans. Arlesey was known as a rough place to visit , maybe due to all the heavy industry , and the associated heavy drinking. After all there were a lot more jobs than people living in Arlesey.
In 1902/3 season the first motor car arrived at Lamb Meadow Arlesey bringing MP Lord Alwyne Compton ,but he came to support fierce rivals Biggleswade. In another game against Potton in 1904 , Albon of Arlesey walked off with the ball ,after a penalty being awarded against us . They scored then the linesmen was ordered off, but he refused to go and carried on officiating.
Arlesey won the Biggleswade and District league in 1906/7. They used to travel by train , and Arlesey Brass Band played and met them at The Three Counties Station on their return.
In 1910 away to Potton , one of their players was sent off , the ball was kicked into the river and their fans invaded the pitch .The referee had no option but to abandon the game.
Arlesey were getting good gates 500 recorded for a Good Friday game against Kempston.A player from each side was sent off , the crowd invaded the pitch and the game was abandoned again.
One of Arlesey players was suspended to the end of the year and another for 2 months . So you can see aggressive behaviour from players caused rival supporters to start fighting again.
Players from the Asylum team played to strengthened Arlesey when they didn’t have a game for the Asylum.
1912 the landlord of the Lamb Inn told the football club they could no longer play on Lamb Meadow due to crowd trouble and the players preferring True Briton Ale to his .Mr Waterton had moved into the Bury and he allowed Arlesey to use his Meadow for games. Mr Waterton also allowed the players use of The Bury Hall to change , and the servants provided a healthy tea after the game for players and officials. Arlesey were due meet Biggleswade in the final of North Beds Charity Cup , but after protests from the other teams for fielding Asylum and Hitchin players in important games they were disqualified. They was an enquiry , and it was decided no rules had been broken. The team ended up League Champions anyway in the last season before World War 1
After the war Arlesey Bury was still the home of the football team. Even though two of Mr Waterton’s sons had fallen John and Jos Waterton. The village had lost 87 young men in total.
I liked some of the players nicknames “Cuddler Worbey” , “ToT” Templeman and Frank “Jammy” Rainbow.
Crowd trouble reared its ugly head again and Arlesey were banned from playing any games at home at THE BURY for the rest of the 1920-21 season.

But the team was still very successful , maybe another reason why the opposition were always putting in complaints against Arlesey.
Arlesey defeated a much fancied Chatteris side and the local supporters gave the referee an early bath by throwing him in a nearby ditch. The Arlesey supporters mad a quick exit to the nearby railway station.,before they got thrown in. Who would want to be a referee??
A record gate of 2,679 saw Arlesey saw the Blues defeat Meppershall in the North Beds Charity Cup .In 1923 Arlesey defeated Biggleswade 1-0 and they complained we played a Fulham professional Reg Albon
In 1928 at a home game against Luton Amateurs we got into serious trouble after an incident which resulted in the Chairman C King , secretary Joe Sharp (of Sharps High St Shop)and captain Jimmy Sell being banned from the rest of the season. That is how seriously we took our Football in Arlesey.
Despite warning notices being put up around the pitch , sixteen year old Gwen Monk asked a Kempston player to play the game after some rough play .He then offered Gwen some advice of a sexual nature which offended her older sister Dora. Gwen and Dora approached the player after the game and he hit Dora. Dora grabbed a nearby horse whip and struck him across the face. Dora was then banned from all Bedfordshire grounds for a year , and Arlesey were banned from playing any more games in Arlesey for 3 months!!!

photos and info courtesy  ARLESEY TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB


Donald Jordan was the sponge man in the Steve Evans era and H.Goodwin the owner of the Bury.



The end of the line for Lamb Meadow now Howberry Estate