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Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire,
England. At the 2011 Census, the population of the Bedford built-up area was
106,940, while that within its traditional boundary was 87,590. At the same
census, the Borough of Bedford had a population of 157,479.
Bedford was founded at a ford on the River
Great Ouse, and is thought to have been the burial place of Offa of Mercia.
Bedford Castle was built by Henry I, although it was destroyed in 1224. Bedford
was granted borough status in 1165 and has been represented in Parliament since
1265. It is known for its large population of Italian descent.
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.
River Great Ouse
The River Great Ouse passes through the town centre and is
lined with gardens known as the Embankment. Within these gardens, opposite
Rothsay Road, stands a war memorial to the men of the town killed in the First
World War. The memorial was designed in 1921 by the sculptor Charles Sargeant
Jagger and depicts a knight killing a dragon.
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. In around 2000 Bedford Borough
Council built a sloping retaining wall on the south side, facing the river.
Although almost completely modern, the wall does incorporate a few pieces of
historic masonry. A paved path leads round the side of the mound up to the top,
which is a flat circular grassy area. 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.Bedford Castle
Main article: Transport in Bedford
Transport in Bedford provides links between the town and
other parts of England. Road access to the town is provided by the A6 road
& the A421 road. The town is served by two railway stations and a network
of bus services.
Bedford bus station
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 new Greyfriars surface car park and the refurbished Allhallows
multi-story car park both implement a pay on foot system. Greyfriars occupies
142 parking spaces, including 7 designated disabled spaces, although there is a
2-hour per day parking limit. The main operator at Bedford bus station is
Stagecoach in Bedford and Stagecoach in Northants.
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