The Coming of the Railway

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The coming of the Railways in 1850 and a Great Northern Railway train comes into Biggleswade. This killed-off canal transport, but proved to be a huge boost for the market garden industries as well as enabling people to travel with ease throughout Britain. The river Ivel runs below this. Straw plaiting was a popular activity throughout Bedfordshire. Plaits were sold at local markets to dealers from hat companies in Luton. Brussel sprouts feature in the next panel, the railways greatly contributed to the rise in growing such crops that could now be sent across the country quickly. Dan Albone is seen riding his Ivel mechanical tractor (1903).

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