Programme of LBDAHS Events

We organise a regular programme of fascinating events for our members, local residents and anyone interested in finding out more about the history and archaeology of Leighton Buzzard and district.

13th March 2024

The Extraordinary Life of Connie Gilchrist - Elaine Lavery

  • Location: Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas) Waterloo Road, LU7 2NR
  • Time: 20:00:00
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Constance Gilchrist was an artist's model from an early age and became a child star of the London stage in the 1870s.  As a teenager she attracted much attention as a Gaiety girl, and her marriage to the Earl of Orkney is well-documented.  This talk looks closely at her rise to fame, and retirement from the stage to enjoy country life in the villages of Wing and Stekley.

10th April 2024

AGM followed by New Discoveries at Old Linslade's Holy Well - Paul Tate

  • Location: Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas) Waterloo Road, LU7 2NR
  • Time: 20:00:00
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Have we finally found it?  Great news about the LBDAHS archaeology team's long search for the lost location of the famed medieval Holy Well in Old Linslade this year.  A clear complex of water channels has been uncovered plus additional stone features that may once have supported pavilions serving the crowds of 13th Century pilgrims attending Old Linslades's annual religious fair.  A huge collection of medieval pottery has also been found, along with later Jacobean artefacts, and even an ancient Mesolithic flint core dating back 10,000 years.  But most importantly, the excavations have revealed the water channels lead directly to a circular, stone-filled sandstone-capped, constantly-flooding feature that matches all the historical records and professional experts agree could finally be the lost location of the famous sacred spring itself!  Come along and find out more.

8th May 2024

Alice Chaucer, the builder of Leighton's Market Cross - talk by Paul Brown

  • Location: Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas) Waterloo Road, LU7 2NR
  • Time: 20:00:00
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Alice Chaucer, granddaughter of the poet Geoffrey, owned Leighton Buzzard for sixty years during the turbulent years of the Wars of the Roses and was one of the town's great benefactors, building the Market Cross among other things.  She was married at the age of 10, widowed at 11 and became one of the richest and most powerful women in England.