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Local History and Heritage

History

The County is noted for its connections to the lace industry (reputedly started by Katharine of Aragon).

Bedford is particularly famous for its connection with John Bunyan, (born at Elstow near Bedford, in 1628) and the author of the "Pilgrim's Progress". Many of the villages surrounding Bedford are associated with his preaching and this world famous book.

John Bunyan Statue

You can follow the WW11 'Airfield Trail' around the north of the county, once alive with the Big Band sound of Glenn Miller (who was stationed here during the war). It was from the airfield at Twinwood that he took his final flight.

For a real 'vintage' experience, visit the Shuttleworth Collection where aircraft are kept in full flying order and can often be seen 'looping the loop' in the skies above Old Warden.


Heritage

There are fascinating reminders of our past dotted all around the Borough of Bedford, tucked away on country lanes, among them the extraordinary 16th century dovecote and stables at Willington.

Cardington is famous for its connections with the airship industry. The huge airship hangars, which were built to house the R100 and R101 airships, are visible from miles around and are a reminder of the areas rich aviation heritage.

Cardington Hangers

Britain's first hot air balloon landed there too!

Many archaeological sites can be found in the borough and provide a remarkable insight into Bedford's rich historic past.

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Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centres and sports development work.

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