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The parish of Felmersham and  Radwell is located 60 miles north of London and 7 miles north west of Bedford in the county of Bedfordshire. The parish is almost entirely encircled by the River Ouse with access to the north by an early 19C bridge and to the south by a mid 18C bridge. The parish has a Village Hall and an early C13 Church. The total population of the parish is approx. 737 people.

Fixing a weather cock on Yelden church, March 1896

This week felmersham.net departs from displaying photographs with a parish connection. In this painting by T Bartlett we see 4 men fixing the weather cock on Yelden church spire. One man is sitting on a board which has been passed through two lucarnes (small windows in a spire). He appears to be steadying the fourth ladder which is resting on the board. Health and Safety 1896!


On the 17th April 1718 William Dickens fell while pointing Keysoe church steeple. On his way down he hit the tower battlements and broke his leg and foot and, before hitting the ground, he managed to ask the Lord for mercy three times. He survived and passed away 41 years later in 1759 at the age of 73. It is said that 6 months after the accident William was back again finishing off the work he had so hurriedly left!

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