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WLHG publications

Over the past few years, members of WLHG have written a number of books about the history of Willington and the surrounding area. Copies are on sale at our meetings. You can also request copies at the price listed plus p&p by emailing us with your contact details and an indication of the book or books you want.  The Parish of St Lawrence, Willington, its Church and Vicars by Gordon Vowles:  The author traces the history of the church and parish, setting this in the context of wider social and ecclesiastical developments. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £5 Willington and the Russells by Robert Bollington:  This book covers the preiod from 1774 to 1902, when Willington formed part of the estates of the Duke of Bedford. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4 The Reverend Augustus Orlebar by Gordon Vowles:This book covers the life of the long serving vicar, Augustus Orlebar, who served as vicar in Willington for 54 years. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £4 Willington in the Eighteenth Century by Robert Bollington: This book covers the period, when Willington formed part of the estates of the Duke of Marlborough. The book provides an insight into village life at the time, when the village was a small farming community. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4 Willington and the Danes by Gordon Vowles: This book explores the period when Willington and Bedford stood on the borders between Saxon and Viking territories. The author explores what has been said and written about the physical traces of the Danish presence in the area. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to WLHG. Cost £4
Look out for: Henry Clutton: Victorian Architect of Gothic Revival Chruches and Country Houses by Gordon Vowles. Cost: £10.
Henry Clutton: Victorian Architect of Gothic Revival Churches and Country Houses by Gordon Vowles: A book about Clutton’s life and work in Bedfordshire and elsewhere. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £10 Willington in the First World War by Robert Bollington: This book sets out to paint a picture of what the war meant for local people, both those in the forces and those supporting the war effort at home.  The proceeds will be split between WLHG and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Cost £6 The Life and Times of Sir John Gostwick: Tudor Entrepreneur and Bureaucrat by Gordon Vowles: This book is about the life and times of Willington’s most famous son, a man who served Wolsey, Cromwell and Henry VIII. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Friends of St Lawrence for the preservation of the fabric of the church. Cost £6