Last orders for Dead Pubs of Bedfordshire Volume Two

Dead Pubs of Bedfordshire Volume II. Image: Lloyd Lugsden
Dead Pubs of Bedfordshire Volume II. Image: Lloyd Lugsden

The sequel to the book Dead Pubs of Bedfordshire Volume I – the imaginatively titled Dead Pubs of Bedfordshire Volume II – has been published just in time for Christmas.

The perfect stocking filler for the beer-lover, pub-goer or Dad in your life, the book is a nostalgia trip down memory lane and covers 30 beloved and bygone pubs.

The brainchild of Lloyd Lugsden, the books have given the keen local historian the perfect excuse to dig into the backstory of some of the county’s forgotten boozers.

“The book covers over 30 pubs, from the sleepy hamlet of Sheldon to Luton town and all in-between, including Bedford town pubs,” said Lloyd.

“The list goes on and research will continue focusing on villages and towns south of Bedford for Volume III.”

Asked for his favourite lost pub, Lloyd said: “Probably The Six Ringers in Felmersham. The layout, the cosy, well-lit atmosphere and all of us sixth formers used to pile in (plus we fancied the barmaid).

“It’s hard to choose my current favourite pub, so I’ll go for my local – The Fox in Carlton. It’s approximately 220 steps from my front door with good ale and character.

“The Sun in Felmersham is another contender. It’s chintzy but laid back, double-fire action and it improved greatly after the demise of the Six Ringers.”

The launch of Volume II took place at Bedford Beer Festival, plus an event at the Fox and Carlton for those that couldn’t get into Bedford.

Copies are available at the Eagle Bookshop or you can contact Lloyd via DM @deadpubsofbedfordshire.

For an extra special gift, you can pick up a signed copy at a book signing at the Cock at Pavenham on Saturday (16 December) between 2 – 4pm.

But it’s last orders on Monday 18 December if you would like a copy posted to you.

“A big thank you to all the followers and contributors who have been in touch to help put these books together,” said Lloyd.

“And please keep the photos and anecdotes coming in preparation for Volume III.”

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