Richard Farquharson’s ‘Musings on Maulden’

‘Musings on Maulden’

We were delighted when Richard offered us a small taster from his book ‘Musings on Maulden’, as it had some local media coverage and is, well, a local book.

Book cover for Richard Farquharson

However, please be aware that not all the book is like this excerpt and not all of it is about Maulden!

When it was still open, there used to be a photograph hanging in The George of an aerial view of the village taken in 1968. The contrast to the present was stark; large blocks of what was then farm and market garden land now built upon, swallowed under the ever unfolding concrete carpet. Roads in the village now lined with houses back then just contained the occasional habitation.

Of course, this urban development had occurred – and continues – in a piecemeal fashion: a couple of new houses here, a new access way there, an exclusive or small or, these days, executive development every couple of years. Before you know it, there is nothing more to infill and the picture has changed beyond recognition. Would that the 1968 photograph were in colour, for it would then be interesting to digitise it and compare the number of green pixels it contains and contrast this to the number in an aerial shot of the same area taken today.

Oh well, time passeth and speaketh not. Now we have no Post Office a large banner appeared in village this week saying thank you on behalf of the village and cake was handed out on the last day (actually a half day!) to customers. With its closure comes the demise of the adjacent sorting office. This used to be a real hive of activity at around eight o’clock in the morning, the posties bicycles neatly stacked outside and their owners standing within, before their designated pigeon holes, rapidly sorting the mail they would soon be distributing throughout the village. From this week the same staff must journey into Bedford to pick up the post and bring it to the village for delivery. Now the early morning mail becomes the early afternoon mail. Is all this what is known as progress?

We particularly liked Richard’s comments in the press:

He added: “It has been interesting to see how village residents have come together over issues which concerned them, such as a proposed traveler site and, recently, meeting to discuss a spate of local burglaries and to find ways of combating this.”

Which is, of course, why we are here.

You can buy the book online via Richard’s Homepage or from Blackwells from their shop link.