BEDFORD HIGH STREET GETS EVEN BETTER
Bedford’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)
Project is pleased to announce the completion of grant funded works
at 3 further properties on Bedford High Street.
Work at 51 High Street has now concluded, with
the final touches added to the restored early 20th
Century granite and bronze shop front. Better yet, the unit
fronting the High Street is again occupied by Gunns’ Bakery –
famous for being the home of the ‘Bedfordshire Clanger’. The rest
of the building has been brought back into use with two new flats
on the upper floors and a new commercial unit in Ram Yard, called
The Clay Pipe. It was named this because the space had previously
housed a pipe making workshop when the whole building was occupied
by Luddington’s tobacconists.
A little further up the High Street, the works
have also just completed at 99 High Street and 101 High Street.
This pair of buildings has undergone a real transformation, with
work that has turned back the clock and reinstated the buildings’
original appearance, with elegant stone columns, a pair of handsome
new shop fronts, beautifully refurbished sash windows and cleaned
and repointed brickwork. 99 High Street will soon be occupied by
new tenant Chopstix noodle bar and 101 High Street is in
negotiations to find a new tenant.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “These completed works are helping to restore the proud
heritage of the properties themselves, while also enhancing the
High Street environment as a whole. All three of these recently
completed properties are looking very good, and it’s great to see
the way THI project is changing Bedford High Street for the
For more information on successfully completed
THI projects visit www.bedford.gov.uk/bedfordhighstreet