The Manshead Archaeological Society was formed in 1952 by Les Matthews and a group of fellow enthusiasts to rescue what they could from sites being destroyed by chalk quarrying and building, and still going strong today. The Society takes its name from the Anglo Saxon administrative district or “Hundred” of Bedfordshire in which Dunstable and the surrounding area lies. Unfortunately 68 years later the Society has decided to close.
The Society made a lot of digs in Houghton Regis and the The Houghton Regis Heritage Society has acquired copies of the Manshead Journals and we hope to make articles relating to Houghton Regis available on our Archive. Look out for further information.