Thirtle & Co St Neots Market Square

A stern faced Daughter of the Regiment with her bicycle pictured outside Thirtle & Co, Market Square, St Neots. Looking at the costumes, this is probably around 1900. Presumably the ribbons decorating the bike are red white and blue, or maybe they are the regimental colours – we shall never know.


I had never heard of Thirtle & Co, but a quick search on the internet provided this scan of the programme for George V’s coronation in 1911. Does anyone know where Thirtle’s store was exactly? Let us know if you think you do. Is it the outfitters that later became Cadge’s?



Remembrance Sunday 2014

Above is the video of the remembrance parade passing Russell Street, where we have some photos of the street party from 1918 to Celebrate the armistice (excerpt below).

St Neots.Russell Street decorated for celebrations at WW1 armistice with large crowd. Banner ‘Welcome Home to the Troops’ 1918. – St Neots Archive 

Photograph of people gathered in St Neots Market Square, possibly WW1 Armistice . – St Neots Archive 

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As many of you will have no doubt seen – there is currently an exhibition of poppies on display until at least November 12th. A lovingly hand-made poppy stands to mark the 888,246 British and Commonwealth servicemen who fell in service to their countries,  – of which 98 are currently listed on the Roll of Honour just from the town of St.Neots itself .( For full service call list see: ) 

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The Bedfordshire 5th Regiment, Battalion D were based at Biggleswade, with detachments at Sandy, Arlesey and St. Neots . You can view an exerpt from the GWGC showing the fallen St.Neots boys of the 5th Regiment and where their memorial is online and can be viewed in map form here: