The History of Priory Sailing Club 1979-2004

Gravel Extraction, northern pits, 1950s and 1960s Goldington Power Station in the background in operation (Photograph supplied by Nick Hall, Conservation Officer, Bedford Borough Council)

From a disused post war gravel extraction pit in the late 1970s to the popular, vibrant and friendly organisation Priory Sailing Club is today, the foresight of the founding members of PSC laid the foundation for thousands from the local community in the ensuing years to enjoy their time on the water close to the heart of Bedford.


In 2004, former Priory Water Sports Association Chair, Roy Beard, set out to chart the history of this unique club. He reveals a story of passion, generosity and dogged determination as well as windsurfing and sailing success as the sailing club, Priory Lake and the country park are brought to life in this all-encompassing account.

With archive pictures, historical insights and fascinating local recollections, download here The History of Priory Sailing Club 1979-2004. [PDF 45 MB]