Caleb Lefevre remembered
the railway line being constructed at Sharnbrook, particularly because
of the number of navvies who came into the village on "Feast Monday"
and who rioted and swarmed into his father's shop after drinking
too many pints of the local ale.
The Round House on the village green was
still used for lodging prisoners overnight, and there were stocks
nearby. The local constable would give detainees breakfast before
taking them before magistrates at the Bletsoe Falcon, six miles
The Green, with its central market house,
had long grass suitable for grazing, and no trees. Many village
inhabitants did not travel further from the village than they could
walk. The local carrier, with his horse-drawn van, made the ten
mile journey into Bedford twice a week and Caleb recalls a predecessor
of the bicycle being used in the village. This was a four-wheeled
arrangement operated by levers and cranks with the operators sitting
face to face.