Bedford Bridge in 1783. Bedford Hospital is a district general hospital that operates from two sites in the town, providing a wide range of services, although patients requiring advanced health services are referred to specialist units elsewhere, particularly Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, which has a partnership with Bedford Hospital. Just outside the town lie the Cardington airship hangars. The town is served by two railway stations and a network of bus services. The new Bedford Castle was razed in 1224 and today only a mound remains. [35] The Bedford Regatta each May is Britain's largest one-day river rowing regatta. Filter Results . Bedford is on the Midland Main Line, with stopping services to London and Brighton operated by Thameslink, and express services to London and the East Midlands operated by East Midlands Railway. Study Type. The "Bedford of Bedfordshire's Community Calendar" segment of this US show featured Bedford born John Oliver.[38]. [24][25][26], The Old Town Hall dates back to 1550 and the building was originally constructed as a school. The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner of that force is Kathryn Holloway. Reid placed £1,500 (GBP) with three male trustees and persuaded a number of her friends to serve on the management committees and act as teaching professors. This fortress was destroyed by the Danes. [23] The hangars can be seen from the Bedford Bypass. [5] They insisted on a new constitution (as the college had no legal charter at the time). Bedford College was founded in London in 1849 as the first higher education college for women in the United Kingdom. Eliza Bostock was still a trustee but many looked to her as honorary Principal and with her knowledge of building and architecture she organised the college's move to York place. The event includes sports, funfairs and live music. In 1878, degree examinations of the University of London were opened to women. Although almost completely modern, the wall does incorporate a few pieces of historic masonry. There are also many smaller villages in the borough. In the early 1980s, Bedford College had approximately 1,700 students and 200 academic staff based in 20 departments. This location recorded a minimum of −18.3 °C(-1F)[16] during January 1963. John Bunyan and John Wesley both preached in the church. The General Committee (later the Council) soon took over the running of the College, while the Ladies Committee directed the work of the Lady Visitors, who were responsible for the welfare and discipline of the students, and acted as their chaperones. All Start Terms. Bedford bus station serves the town of Bedford, and was reopened on 29 March 2015 after undergoing £8.8million regeneration which began in 2013. The college was founded by Elizabeth Jesser Reid (née Sturch) in 1849, a social reformer and anti-slavery activist, who had been left a private income by her late husband, Dr John Reid, which she used to patronise various philanthropic causes. It was here that he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. At the time, only the Wootton cluster of schools chose to not to transition. Rowing is also a major part of the sports scene with a number of regatta events hosted throughout the year from February to October; the most significant of these being Bedford Regatta, which in terms of numbers of crews participating is the second largest in the country. Villages in the Borough of Bedford with populations of more than 2,000 as of 2005 were Biddenham, Bromham, Clapham, Elstow, Oakley, Sharnbrook, Shortstown, Wilstead, and Wootton. Bedford has four rugby union teams called Bedford Blues, Bedford Queens, Bedford Swifts and Bedford Athletic. Bedford previously operated a three-tier education system, which was arranged into lower, middle and upper schools, as recommended in the Plowden Report of 1967. In response, Reid founded Bedford College School close to the college in 1853 in an attempt to provide a better standard of entrants. As a result, the switch proceeded on a school by school basis as national funding was due to cover most of the cost. In an attempt to give more prominence to the Bedford name, the merged college named a large, newly built library in the centre of its campus the "Bedford Library". For further education, the town is served by Bedford College and The Bedford Sixth Form. The college colours were green and grey, said to be those of Minerva. The event lasts for two days and regularly attracts about 250,000 visitors. Bedford forms part of the Bedford constituency, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom Parliament. [1][a] At the same census, the Borough of Bedford had a population of 157,479. [10] The River Great Ouse became navigable as far as Bedford in 1689. This is mainly as a result of labour recruitment in the early 1950s by the London Brick Company from Southern Italy. [18] From 1954 to 2008 Bedford had its own Italian vice-consulate. Continued growth led to a search for new premises, leading to the purchase of the lease on a site at Regent's Park in 1908. The memorial was designed in 1921 by the sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger and depicts the Anglo Saxon Lady Athelflaed, who ruled Mercia,killing a dragon. The town of Kempston is adjacent to Bedford, as are the villages of Elstow, Renhold and Ravensden. Elizabeth Reid died in 1866 and left the college in the hands of three female trustees Eliza Bostock, Jane Martineau and Eleanor Smith. The Council was replaced by a Committee of Management and the college reconstituted as an Association under the Board of Trade and officially became known as Bedford College. Other annual events include "Bedford by the Sea" (when large quantities of sand are deposited in the town centre), the "Bedford International Kite Festival" and "Bedford Festival of Motoring" in June. Bedford Town F.C. Relations between RHUL and some of the Bedford College alumni remain somewhat strained, but many other Bedford College alumni maintain links with RHUL, supporting alumni events and other college work. First Social Sciences department in the UK, established 1918, First woman appointed to the Companionship of the, One of the first two women Fellows of the, The first art school in England where women could draw from life, This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 13:52. [citation needed]. In 1985, Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College, another college of the University of London which, like Bedford College, had been a college for women only when it was first founded. The three of them were concerned that Bedford College School was to become Anglican under the head, Francis Martin. [citation needed]. [1] She leased a house at 47 Bedford Square in the Bloomsbury area of London and opened the Ladies College in Bedford Square. The museum has local history collections, while the galleries have notable collections of watercolours, prints and drawings, ceramics, glass and lace. There is a long-standing sporting heritage in Bedford Borough with long-established rugby and football clubs. The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford is housed in the recreated Victorian home of the Higgins family of Victorian brewers and in a modern extension. Bedford Castle was built by Henry I, although it was destroyed in 1224. [1] In terms of religious affiliation, 56% were Christian, almost 8% were Muslim, almost 3% Sikh and 2% Hindu; almost 30% had no religion or declined to answer.[1]. The nearest Met Office weather station to Bedford is Bedford (Thurleigh) airport, about 6.5 miles north of Bedford town centre at an elevation of 85 metres. Since 1206, temperature extremes at the site have ranged from 35.9 °C(97F)[13] in August 2003 and 35.3 °C(95F)[14] during July 2006 down to −15.3 °C(4F)[15] in January 1982. Within these gardens, opposite Rothsay Road, stands a war memorial to the men of the town killed in the First World War. [1] In terms of national identity, just over 50% identified as English only, 24% as British only and 15% only as a non-UK identity; just over 8% had a "British and other" identity. The intention was to provide a liberal, non-sectarian education for women, something no other institution in the United Kingdom provided at the time. It applied to the Privy Council for a Royal Charter to take the place of its Deed of Incorporation. Initially the governance of the College was in the hands of the Ladies Committee (comprising some influential women) and the General Committee made up of the Ladies, the professors of the college and three trustees. These are: Smaller private institutions include Rushmoor School (boys aged 3–16, girls 3–11) St. Andrew's School (girls aged 3–16, boys 3–9), and Polam School (boys and girls aged 12 months to 9 years), none of which are part of the Harpur Trust. First women to run a British institution. In 1874, the Bedford Square lease expired and the college moved to 8 and 9 York Place, off Baker Street. There are Quaker, Jehovah's Witness and Wiccan communities who meet and have their own places of worship in the town. Since 2004, Bedford also has a rugby league team, Bedford Tigers, who compete one tier below the National Conference. We are also listing the poems and stories that, although not winning a prize, have caught the attention of the judges. Bedford is a historic market and the county town of Bedfordshire, England. After a brief period of admitting a small number of male postgraduate students, the college became fully coeducational when 47 men passed through clearing in 1965, and the name reverted to Bedford College. Subjects. A small wooden structure of the same date at the top of the wall, much like a bus shelter, protects tourists from the rain while they view the river embankment. The hangars have been used to shoot scenes for movies such as Star Wars, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight,[22] and Inception. Bedford Hospital's catchment area is based on the Borough of Bedford and parts of Central Bedfordshire. Greyfriars occupies 142 parking spaces, including 7 designated disabled spaces, although there is a 2-hour per day parking limit. Bedford Castle Mound is the remnant of Bedford's medieval castle, located close to the centre of the modern town, less than a hundred yards from Bedford Bridge and the High Street. New College of the Humanities 19 Bedford Square , London , WC1B 3HH , United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7637 4550 info@nchlondon.ac.uk However, in July 2015, the Council announced the intention to support the transition to a system of two tier education across the whole Borough in a coordinated way. play at the 11th level. The merged institution took Royal Holloway College's premises in Egham, Surrey, just outside London, as its main campus and took on the name of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (RHBNC). Transport in Bedford provides links between the town and other parts of England. Bedford's fire station is in the Newnham area of the town, and is staffed 24 hours a day. It is the Civic Church of the Borough of Bedford and County of Bedfordshire and has a tall, iconic spire which is one of the dominant features of the town. The 19th century saw Bedford transform into an important engineering hub. Having played a leading role in the advancement of women in higher education and public life in general, it became fully coeducational (i.e. Latest news & events. Bedford is a historic market and the county town of Bedfordshire, England.At the 2011 Census, the population of the Bedford built-up area was 106,940. Panel Discussion: The 40 Service Designers of the Apocalypse London College of Communication's graduating MA Service Design students analyse the impact of Covid-19 and the future of Service Design. [6] The two houses, 8 and 9, acted as one, with the college using the downstairs rooms and the upstairs being the Residence. UCL is the number one London university for Research Strength (REF2014), recognised for its academic excellence and global impact Institute of Education - UCL – University College London Close The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed a parent resource on how to talk about COVID-19 with your child. Rainfall averages around 585mm (23.03 in) a year, with an excess of 1mm (.04in) falling on 109 days. Bedford County Public Schools still remains closed to the public, but essential appointments for registration can be made by calling your child's school between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Bedford is 46 miles (74 km) miles north-northwest of London, 65 miles (105 km) southeast of Birmingham, 25 miles (40 km) west of Cambridge and 19 miles (31 km) east-southeast of Northampton. The current Member of Parliament (MP) for Bedford is Mohammad Yasin, who is a member of the Labour Party. Royal Holloway will be offering students and staff asymptomatic Covid-19 testing, in partnership with the NHS and the Department for Health and Social Care. [39], It is also home to the United Kingdom's largest outdoor fitness company, Be Military Fit which operates in Bedford Park. The arrangement was put to the vote in 2006 with a view to moving to the two-tier model, but was rejected. Distance. Bedford is the former headquarters of the Panacea Society, founded in 1919, who believed that the town would have an important role in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and that Bedford was the original location of the Garden of Eden.[33]. Both parks have been awarded Green Flag status. "The Residence" was in the charge of a matron, who introduced the practice of students help to run the house and keep their own accounts. Bedford hosts a campus of the University of Bedfordshire, which prior to a merger with the University of Luton in 2006 had been a campus of De Montfort University (itself now solely based in Leicester). All Course Types. St. Paul's Church also hosts the town's Visitor Information Centre.[21]. The nearest Orthodox synagogue is the Luton Hebrew Congregation, a Lubavitch synagogue in Luton. The University of Bedfordshire Theatre is the largest theatre in Bedford and hosts many larger productions as well as projects from the university. The Maldives National Olympic Committee based its competing athletes in the town and borough, while Paralympic athletes from Angola, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Lesotho, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda were also be based in the area. currently plays at the eighth level of the English football league system and Bedford F.C. In 1832 gas lighting was introduced, and the railway reached Bedford in 1846. [27], The River Great Ouse passes through the town centre and is lined with gardens known as the Embankment. Paul's. Please scroll down from this message to take a look. Additionally, Stella Mann College is a private college, which offers a range of further education courses relating to the performing arts. Bedford and the surrounding borough was a major host of national teams preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. In 1660 John Bunyan was imprisoned for 12 years in Bedford Gaol. As numbers began to rise, the college expanded by adding extensions to house science laboratories. The Bedford Pantomime Company produces a traditional pantomime at the Bedford Corn Exchange each Christmas. A paved path leads round the side of the mound up to the top, which is a flat circular grassy area. [7] The buildings continued to be extended and rebuilt throughout the 70 years that the college spent at Regent's Park, especially after extensive damage from wartime bombing. The Bedford Corn Exchange is the largest entertainment venue in the town and plays host to a variety of performances, meetings, conferences, concerts and private functions. CASC is also the venue each year for the United Kingdom's National Inter Clubs Slalom Finals, the largest canoe slalom event by participation in the United Kingdom. Find your why with Royal Holloway Find out more. There are three from the Newfrontiers network, as well as Polish, Arab, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian Roman Catholic churches, LDS (Mormon) meeting houses, Greek and Russian Orthodox churches, Anglican churches and various independent churches and other places of worship that cater to the different ethnic and language groups. Discipline. Initially the professors were shocked by the generally low educational standards of the women entering the college, who in most cases had had home-based governess education. University College London. Join us for London College of Communication’s Postgraduate Showcase, where we’ll be celebrating some of the most inspiring new work across design, media and screen. See houses, flats and bungalows for rent in Bedford from the top letting agents. The first corn exchange was built 1849,[11] and the first drains and sewers were dug in 1864.[12]. 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[citation needed] The Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia was buried in the town in 796;[4] this is believed to be in his new minster, now the Church of St Paul,[5] or on the banks of the Great Ouse where his tomb was soon lost to the river. Clear Filter. In the late 1870s, an entrance examination was introduced and a preparatory department set up for those who did not meet the standards required for college-level entry. Bedford's principal church is St Paul's, in the square of the same name at the historic centre of the town. There is no longer a synagogue in Bedford, but Bedfordshire Progressive Synagogue,[32] based in Luton, meets in Bedford once a month for the town's Jewish community. However, such extremes would likely be superseded if longer term records were available – Historically, the nearest weather station to Bedford was Cardington about 2.4 miles south south east of the town centre with an elevation of 30 metres. [6][better source needed] In 886 it became a boundary town separating Wessex and Danelaw. Bedford is the largest settlement in Borough of Bedford. Every two years, an event called the "Bedford River Festival" is held near the river in Bedford during early July. Wixams is a new town which is being developed to the south of Bedford. Bedford College students began gaining University of London Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees from the early 1880s. Back. [1], Bedford was founded at a ford on the River Great Ouse, and is thought to have been the burial place of King Offa of Mercia, who is remembered for building Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border. This version of the bridge was replaced in 1813. From 1941 to the end of the Second World War the BBC's daily service was broadcast from St. Bedford has the largest Sikh gurdwara in the United Kingdom outside London, alongside two other Sikh gurdwaras; one of which is in Kempston. As of September 2018 all of the towns schools have converted to two-tier. The decision to drop the Bedford name from day-to-day use caused some discontent among graduates of Bedford College, who felt that their old college had now essentially been taken over by Royal Holloway, and that Bedford College's name and history as a pioneering institution in the field of women's education were being forgotten. In 1900, it became a constituent of the University of London.Having played a leading role in the advancement of women in higher education and public life in general, it became fully coeducational (i.e. Country. Priory Country Park is a large country park located on the northern bank of the River Great Ouse in eastern Bedford. This remains the official name, but it is commonly called Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL). We offer a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts, undertaken via an HND in Performing Arts in partnership with Bedford College and a Top-Up Degree course in partnership with The University of Northampton. In 1860, the college expanded into 48 Bedford Square, which enabled it to become a residential establishment. The purpose-built buildings were designed by the architect Basil Champneys and officially opened by Queen Mary in 1913. Sunshine at around 1500 hours a year is typical of inland areas of southern-central England. It is known for its large population of Italian descent.[2]. In 1900, when the University of London became a teaching university (where it had previously been only a degree-awarding body), Bedford College became one of its constituent colleges. At the 2011 Census, the population of the Bedford built-up area was 106,940. The town has a high number of Christian churches, including the Civic and County Church of St Paul's and the Church of St Peter's, both already noted above. Bedford traces its borough charter in 1166 by Henry II[9] and elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons. [7][8] It was the seat of the Barony of Bedford. The secondary schools currently operating in the area are Bedford Academy, Bedford Free School, Biddenham International School, Castle Newnham School, Goldington Academy, Mark Rutherford School and St Thomas More Catholic School. Taking into account the size of its overall urban area, Bedford is one of the largest towns in England without a fully professional football team. There are four mosques in the town. Bedford College was founded in London in 1849 as the first higher education college for women in the United Kingdom. Bedford is home to one of the largest concentrations of Italian immigrants in the United Kingdom. Bedford was granted borough status in 1165 and has been represented in Parliament since 1265. In 1985, Bedford College merged with Royal Holloway College, another constituent of the University of London, to form Royal Holloway and Bedford New College. In their first year they had nearly 250 pupils.[2]. In 919 Edward the Elder built the town's first known fortress, on the south side of the River Great Ouse and there received the area's submission. [36] "Proms in the Park", held in early August, is a popular musical event. There are also Buddhist and Hindu temples in the town. Royal Assent for the new chartered body was received in 1909, and the College became officially recognised as Bedford College for Women. [19], At the 2011 Census, the ethnic mix of the Bedford urban area was 74.4% white, 4% mixed, 15% Asian/Asian British, 5% Black/African/Caribbean/Black British, and 1% "other ethnic group". The trustees were the first women to run a British institution. The new Greyfriars surface car park and the refurbished Allhallows multi-story car park both implement a pay on foot system. Bedford has Guru Ravidass and Valmiki temples. The name of the town is believed to derive from the name of a Saxon chief called Beda,[3] and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse. Back. Bedfordshire Police is responsible for policing in Bedford, and operates a main police station in the town centre. Bedford itself is divided into 10 wards: Brickhill, Castle, Cauldwell, De Parys, Goldington, Harpur, Kingsbrook, Newnham, Putnoe, Queens Park, Kempston East and Kempston West. From the 16th century Bedford and much of Bedfordshire became one of the main centres of England's lace industry, and lace continued to be an important industry in Bedford until the early 20th century. Academic Writing Centre, UCL Institute of Education Room 602, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL ioe.writingcentre@ucl.ac.uk Twitter: @AWC_IOE Skype: awc.ioe Esquires (one of the town's premier live music venues) regularly plays host to many notable bands and acts from all over the United Kingdom as well as showcasing local live music.[34]. [20] Another notable local church is St Peter's, on St Peter's Street, which contains some of the oldest architectural remains in Bedford, the most ancient being the two monoliths. Bedford is home to four private schools run by the Harpur Trust charity, endowed by Bedfordian Sir William Harpur in the 16th century. William II gave the barony of Bedford to Paine de Beauchamp, who built a new, strong castle. Bedford's special brand of the ordinary has resulted in regular small TV and radio appearances, for instance the upbeat episode of Mark Steel's in Town[37] contrasting with the less enthusiastic treatment in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". 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