Bedford – fun facts

  • Bedford became an important hub for engineering in the 1800s, with gas lighting, the railway & drains & sewers all being introduced to the Bedfordshire capital
  • Bedfords embankment contains a war memorial to the soldiers who fought in the 1st World War
  • National treasure, comedian Ronnie Barker, was from Bedford
  • The Bedford castle was burnt to the ground in 1224 & only a mound remains
  • Bedford is separated into 10 wards
  • Bedford’s foremost church, St Paul’s, was used between 1941 & the end of the 2nd World War to broadcast BBC’s daily service
  • 2 of 7 of Bedford’s residents possess at least a slight relation to an Italian descent
  • Over 100 different languages are spoken in Bedford from Polish to Persian

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