Preserving the Embankment
A £50,000 project to repair and renew some of the historic
balustrades along The Embankment in Bedford town centre is now
The Council has appointed specialist stone masons to carry out
the works to the balustrades between Town Bridge and Newnham Road
as part of the ongoing works to maintain the River Great Ouse as a
much loved and iconic part of the borough.
Evidence from the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives Service shows
the oldest section of the balustrades was in place by at least
1860. They were then extended shortly after this as a number of
people fell into the Great Ouse and drowned when the Embankment was
opened to the public.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Embankment is
one of the most loved parts of the borough and we take our
responsibility to maintain and protect it very seriously. That
includes investing in important projects such as this.
“Balustrades have been in place along this section of the
embankment for at least 150 years. Works such as these will ensure
the Embankment continues to be enjoyed by local residents and
visitors alike, and remains an area we can all take pride in.”
The works are scheduled to be completed before the end of the