Shefford is a Market Town in the county of Bedfordshire that was once home to the Romans, although it’s now inhabited by about 5500 townsfolk it was much smaller when it was granted it’s Market Charter back in 1225, and still continues the tradition every Friday with it‘s weekly Market. The delightful town sits on the banks of the River Hit, the River Flit and The River Ivel (Navigation) and has many attractive historical and some ancient buildings.
Between 1868 and 1974 Shefford was the site of St Francis' Boy's Home (Orphanage) that was situated upon the High Street next to the Holy Roman Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi.
The Church remains in use as a place of worship. The orphanage buildings have been modernised and turned into flats. The orphanage buildings are the most imposing in the town and date from the 1880's.
During the second world war an entire Jewish Children's Community came into being in Shefford as evacuees from Europe were billeted in and around the town as part of "Operation Pied Piper Tomorrow".
The name Shefford is derived from Sheeps Ford due to the previous sheep market and the ford over the rivers. Robert Bloomfield the poet, died in penury, in Shefford in 1823.