A mystery uncovered
The small village of Little Staughton in north Bedfordshire revealed one of its little mysteries recently. When Jenny and I ride our tandem in the area, a favourite resting place is by a semi-derelict building that looks as if it might have been a small non-conformist chapel (probably Baptist) with its own burial ground round the back. Its local significance also rested with the fact that it once had a post box embedded into the wall of the building.
A little digging into the ‘digital archives’ of Google has now revealed that this building was once a Baptist Sunday School, and the actual church had been on the other side of the road, but now no longer exists. Why? It would seem that during the last war, a flying fortress had taken off from the nearby airfield at Thurleigh, got into difficulties, and in making an emergency landing at Little Staughton airfield, had struck the top of the building and completely demolished it.
It has taken many years of cycling by this feature for me to find out its true significance. Another ‘diamond’ found in the backyard!