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In 1166 King Henry II signed a historic Royal Charter granting special rights and privileges to the people of Bedford Borough in exchange for annual taxes paid to the King. Listed as the second oldest in the country the charter marked the importance of Bedford and went on to shape the modern Borough creating the flourishing and vibrant market town and surrounding villages we see today.

A lot has changed over the past 850 years as we set out to mark this special anniversary. The list of events taking place next year to mark this anniversary is already shaping up to be just as varied. Joining already established events like Bedfringe and the Bedford Film Festival will be medieval markets, an 1166 village at the River Festival, special exhibitions, an 850th trail at the Higgins Bedford and much more.

With special anniversary’s also taking place for the Harpur Trust (450 years), Forest of Marston Vale Trust (21 years), the 20th Proms in the Park concert and Bedfringe's 10th anniversary taking place this summer and Charles Wells marking 140 years of brewing in Bedford, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating these historic milestones and making 2016 a year to remember.

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Download the 850th logo here: http://www.forms.bedford.gov.uk/Charter850logo.jpg

 

 850 calendar A special commemorative 850th anniversary calendar has been produced featuring many of the events that will be on offer this year and includes images taken around Bedford Borough by local photographers as part of the Bedford Clanger’s ‘Photo a Day’ competition. The Calendar is available from the Higgins Bedford, Number 13 Café, Bedford Borough libraries and the travel and tourism centre at the Bus Station, retailing for £3.75.

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