Brickworks heritage showcase at exhibition staged at Ridgmont Station

MBTC-24-09-13- Ridgmont Station.'b13-864''Stephen Sleight. Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer''Ridgmont Railway Station has been restored and now has atea room, Tourist information point and gift shop. ENGPNL00120130924152750
MBTC-24-09-13- Ridgmont Station.'b13-864''Stephen Sleight. Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer''Ridgmont Railway Station has been restored and now has atea room, Tourist information point and gift shop. ENGPNL00120130924152750

The brickworks heritage of Bedfordshire is to be showcased this weekend.

The Bedfordshire Brickworks Exhibition will be held at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre on Saturday August 1, from 10am until 4 pm, and follows last year’s successful first event, and admission is free.

Andrew Mortlock, London Brick Archivist, will be bringing an extensive collection of archives, photographs and ephemera connected with the brick works that used to dominate the landscape along the section of the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Ridgmont and beyond.

Andrew and his family are steeped in London Brick with over 200 years’ service dating back to both his grandfathers.

Visitors last year were fascinated by Andrew’s exhibition, and a great deal of new information came to light.

The gift shop, restored booking office and tea room at the heritage centre will be open as usual.

Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail partnership officer, said: ”I am delighted we are able to host a Bedfordshire Brickworks at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre again. The brickworks are such an important part of the history of Bedfordshire and played a key role in the development of the Marston Vale Line. Please come along to find our more.”

For further information contact Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership, c/o Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on 01234 832645, email stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk