Local Artefacts

Iron Dagger and Awls from Maiden Bower on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


Two applied brooches from a female burial on Puddlehill on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


Bone fragments from Puddlehill on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


Excavations by the Manshead Archaeological Society under Les Matthews, archaeologists uncovered a number of Roman buildings before quarrying on Puddlehill. The site dates from 50-200 AD. on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


Puddlehill in Houghton Regis was the location of an Anglo-Saxon farmstead. Evidence for four buildings and a burial ground has been found there. All the buildings were timber-framed with sunken floors and possibly turf roofs. Some were used as houses, others as workshops. Finds on display, at Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, include pottery, animal bone, worked and burnt flint, knives and bone needles. 


Glass bead necklaces from Puddlehill. On display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton



Oxhead - grave ornament from Houghton Regis on display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton.


Wooden stakes from a Roman building at Bidwell. Excavation revealed wooden posts which had survived due to waterlogging. They were probably used to create a solid foundation for a building on wet ground.


Lockup. Described locally as "the cage", The Houghton Regis lock-up was situated at the end of the cottages known as Workhouse Row, in front of All Saints church, facing today's Bedford Square. Local police used the lock-up to hold offenders before taking them before a magistrate or to the police station in Luton or Bedford. Some prisoners escaped through the roof at night. Lock-ups were phased out in the late 1800s with the introduction of purpose built police stations. On display at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton


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