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Bedford
Bedford
is the county town of Bedfordshire, England. The town has a population of around 80,000, whereas the Borough of Bedford
Borough of Bedford
had a population of 166,252 in 2015 together with Kempston.[1] Bedford
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
Bedford Castle
was built by Henry I, although it was destroyed in 1224. Bedford
Bedford
was granted borough status in 1165 and has been represented in Parliament since 1265. It is well known for its large population of Italian descent.[2] Bedford
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 Trains.

Contents

1 History 2 Governance 3 Geography

3.1 Climate

4 Demography 5 Landmarks 6 Transport

6.1 Bedford
Bedford
bus station

7 Education 8 Religious sites 9 Culture 10 Sports 11 Filmography 12 Public services 13 Notable people 14 See also 15 References 16 External links

History[edit] See also: History of Bedfordshire The name of the town is thought to derive from the name of a Saxon chief called Beda,[3] and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse. Bedford
Bedford
was a market town for the surrounding agricultural region from the early Middle Ages[citation needed] The Anglo- Saxon
Saxon
King Offa of Mercia was buried in the town in 796;[4] this is believed to be in his new minster, now the Church of St Paul,[5] or on the banks of the Great Ouse where his tomb was soon lost to the river.[6] In 886 it became a boundary town separating Wessex
Wessex
and Danelaw.[7][8] It was the seat of the Barony of Bedford. In 919 Edward the Elder
Edward the Elder
built the town's first known fortress, on the south side of the River Great Ouse and there received the area's submission. This fortress was destroyed by the Danes. William II gave the barony of Bedford
Bedford
to Paine de Beauchamp who built a new, strong castle. Bedford
Bedford
traces its borough charter in 1166 by Henry II[9] and elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons. It remained a small agricultural town, with wool being an important industry in the area for much of the Middle Ages.[citation needed] The new Bedford
Bedford
Castle was razed in 1224 and today only a mound remains.[10] From the 16th century Bedford
Bedford
and much of Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
became one of the main centres of England's lace industry, and lace continued to be an important industry in Bedford
Bedford
until the early 20th century. In 1660 John Bunyan
John Bunyan
was imprisoned for 12 years in Bedford
Bedford
Gaol. It was here that he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress.[11] The River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
became navigable as far as Bedford
Bedford
in 1689. Wool declined in importance with brewing becoming a major industry in the town. The 19th century saw Bedford
Bedford
transform into an important engineering hub. In 1832 gas lighting was introduced, and the railway reached Bedford
Bedford
in 1846. The first corn exchange was built 1849,[12] and the first drains and sewers were dug in 1864.[13]

Bedford
Bedford
in 1611

Bedford
Bedford
Bridge in 1783. This version of the bridge was replaced in 1813.

Bedford
Bedford
in 1806

Bedford Castle
Bedford Castle
Hill

Governance[edit] Bedford
Bedford
is the largest settlement in Borough of Bedford. The borough council is led by a directly elected mayor who holds the title 'Mayor of Bedford', an office which was first held by Frank Branston, until his death in 2009. The current Mayor of Bedford
Bedford
is Dave Hodgson
Dave Hodgson
from the Liberal Democrat Party. Bedford
Bedford
itself is divided into 10 wards: Brickhill, Castle, Cauldwell, De Parys, Goldington, Harpur, Kingsbrook, Newnham, Putnoe, Queens Park, Kempston East
Kempston East
and Kempston
Kempston
West. Brickhill
Brickhill
elects its own parish council, while the rest (and majority) of Bedford
Bedford
is an unparished area. Bedford
Bedford
is served by Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Police. The Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Police and Crime Commissioner of that force is Kathryn Holloway. Bedford
Bedford
forms part of the Bedford
Bedford
constituency, represented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Parliament. The current Member of Parliament (MP) for Bedford
Bedford
is Mohammad Yasin, who is a member of the Labour Party. Geography[edit] The town of Kempston
Kempston
is adjacent to Bedford, as are the villages of Elstow, Renhold
Renhold
and Ravensden. Wixams
Wixams
is a new town which is being developed to the south of Bedford. Villages in the Borough of Bedford with populations of more than 2,000 as of 2005 were Biddenham, Bromham, Clapham, Elstow, Oakley, Sharnbrook, Shortstown, Wilstead, and Wootton. There are also many smaller villages in the borough. The villages in the borough are popular with commuters to Bedford, and also with people who commute to Milton Keynes, London
London
and towns in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
and Cambridgeshire. Nearby small towns include Ampthill, Biggleswade, Flitwick, and Sandy, all of which are in Central Bedfordshire, as well as Rushden
Rushden
in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
and St Neots
St Neots
in Cambridgeshire. The nearest towns and cities with larger populations than Bedford
Bedford
are Northampton
Northampton
to the north west, Cambridge
Cambridge
to the east, Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
to the south west, and Luton
Luton
to the south, all of which have urban area populations of 150,000 or more.

River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
in Bedford
Bedford
from Town Bridge, looking downstream. The old Coaching Inn, the Swan Hotel is on the left behind the tree. Bedford
Bedford
Rowing Club and the multistorey Bedford
Bedford
Park Inn are on the right.

Climate[edit] As with the rest of the United Kingdom, Bedford
Bedford
has a maritime climate, with a limited range of temperatures, and generally even rainfall throughout the year. The nearest Met Office
Met Office
weather station to Bedford
Bedford
is Bedford
Bedford
(Thurleigh) airport, about 6.5 miles north of Bedford
Bedford
town centre at an elevation of 85 metres. Since 1980, temperature extremes at the site have ranged from 35.9 °C(97F)[14] in August 2003 and 35.3 °C(95F)[15] during July 2006 down to −15.3 °C(4F)[16] in January 1982. However, such extremes would likely be superseded if longer term records were available – Historically, the nearest weather station to Bedford
Bedford
was Cardington about 2.4 miles south south east of the town centre with an elevation of 30 metres. This location recorded a minimum of −18.3 °C(-1F)[17] during January 1963. Rainfall averages around 585mm (23.03 in) a year, with an excess of 1mm (.04in) falling on 109 days. Sunshine at around 1500 hours a year is typical of inland areas of southern-central England.

Climate data for Bedford
Bedford
(Thurleigh) 85m, 1971–2000

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 6.4 (43.5) 6.9 (44.4) 9.7 (49.5) 12.0 (53.6) 15.7 (60.3) 18.6 (65.5) 21.5 (70.7) 21.5 (70.7) 18.2 (64.8) 14.0 (57.2) 9.5 (49.1) 7.2 (45) 13.5 (56.3)

Average low °C (°F) 0.8 (33.4) 0.6 (33.1) 2.3 (36.1) 3.6 (38.5) 6.2 (43.2) 9.3 (48.7) 11.5 (52.7) 11.6 (52.9) 9.7 (49.5) 6.6 (43.9) 3.3 (37.9) 1.8 (35.2) 5.6 (42.1)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 48.4 (1.906) 36.6 (1.441) 43.5 (1.713) 47.2 (1.858) 45.3 (1.783) 56.9 (2.24) 44.7 (1.76) 48.6 (1.913) 53.6 (2.11) 56.8 (2.236) 49.0 (1.929) 53.8 (2.118) 584.4 (23.008)

Mean monthly sunshine hours 58.6 76.3 99.5 153.0 183.8 185.7 200.9 188.5 139.8 114.1 72.0 51.5 1,523.6

Source: [18]

Demography[edit] Bedford
Bedford
is home to one of the largest concentrations of Italian immigrants in the United Kingdom. According to the 2001 census, almost 30% of Bedford's population were of at least partial Italian descent. This is mainly as a result of labour recruitment in the early 1950s by the London
London
Brick Company from Southern Italy.[19] From 1954 to 2008 Bedford
Bedford
had its own Italian vice-consulate.[20] In addition to Italian immigrants, Bedford
Bedford
has also been the recipient of significant immigration from South Asia (8.1% of Bedford's population;[21] Indians began arriving from the late 1950s onwards from the Punjab area & many worked at the London
London
Brick Company), Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
(particularly in the 2000s), Greece, Cyprus, the Middle East and Africa (3% of Bedford's population is of Sub-Saharan descent[21]), making it one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse towns in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
in proportion to its size.[22] The population of Bedford
Bedford
together with Kempston
Kempston
is 107,590, but it is 163,924 for the urban area. Landmarks[edit]

Bedford
Bedford
War Memorial

The River Great Ouse
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.[23] The memorial was designed in 1921 by the sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger
Charles Sargeant Jagger
and depicts a knight killing a dragon.[24] The inscription reads

“ 1914 † 1919 TO BEDFORDIANS WHO DIED, MANY IN EARLY YOUTH, SOME FULL OF YEARS AND HONOUR, BUT WHO ALL ALIKE GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY. ”

Bedford Castle
Bedford Castle
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
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.

St Paul's Church

Bedford's principal church is St Paul's, in the square of the same name at the historic centre of the town. It is the Civic Church of the Borough of Bedford
Borough of Bedford
and County of Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and has a tall, iconic spire which is one of the dominant features of the town. There was an early Minster church on the site by 1066 and work on the present structure began in the early 13th century, but little remains from that period. John Bunyan
John Bunyan
and John Wesley
John Wesley
both preached in the church. In 1865–1868 the tower and spire were completely rebuilt and the two transepts added and lesser alterations have been made since. From 1941 to the end of the Second World War
Second World War
the BBC's daily service was broadcast from St. Paul's.[25] Another notable local church is St Peter's, on St Peter's Street, which contains some of the oldest architectural remains in Bedford, the most ancient being the two monoliths. Bedford
Bedford
Park is the town's largest urban park and is located directly to the north of the town centre. The park retains many original features from its Victorian design and construction, including a cricket pavilion and bandstand which are both still in use. Priory Country Park is a large country park located on the northern bank of the River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
in eastern Bedford. Both parks have been awarded Green Flag status. Just outside the town lie the Cardington airship hangars. The hangars have been used to shoot scenes for movies such as Star Wars, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight,[26] and Inception.[27] The hangars can be seen from the Bedford
Bedford
Bypass. Despite being far upriver from the sea, seals have occasionally been reported as swimming as far inland as Bedford.[28][29][30]

View of the Bedford
Bedford
skyline, taken from Renhold
Renhold
in 2013.

Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Bedford 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
A421
road. The town is served by two railway stations and a network of bus services. Bedford
Bedford
bus station[edit]

Bedford
Bedford
bus station in July 2007

Bedford
Bedford
bus station serves the town of Bedford, and was opened 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.[31] The main operator at Bedford
Bedford
bus station is Stagecoach in Bedford
Stagecoach in Bedford
and Stagecoach in Northants.[32] Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Bedford Unlike most of England, Bedford
Bedford
Borough operates a three-tier education system in some of the area, which is arranged into lower, middle and upper schools, as recommended in the Plowden Report of 1967. The arrangement was put to the vote in 2006 with a view to moving to the two-tier model, but was rejected.[33] On 17 November 2009, borough councillors voted 19 to 17 in favour of a two tier system, which would then be phased in. However, following the defeat of the Labour Government in 2010, the new coalition government announced that the funding necessary for the switch to a two-tier system would no longer be available. As a result, the switch proceeded on a school by school basis where council funds allowed, as national funding was due to cover most of the cost. As of September 2017 Bedford
Bedford
Academy, Bedford
Bedford
Free School, Biddenham
Biddenham
International School, Daubeney Academy, Sringfield Primary, Kempston
Kempston
Challenger Academy, Mark Rutherford School and St Thomas More Catholic School are all secondary schools, while some middle and lower schools continue to operate in the town. Bedford
Bedford
is home to four private schools run by the Harpur
Harpur
Trust charity, endowed by Bedfordian Sir William Harpur
Harpur
in the 16th century. These are:

Bedford School
Bedford School
for boys aged 7–18 Bedford
Bedford
Modern School, a former boys' school which became co-educational in 2003 for pupils aged 7–18 Bedford Girls' School
Bedford Girls' School
for girls aged 7–18. (Merged September 2012 – Formerly Bedford
Bedford
High School for Girls and Dame Alice Harpur School) Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School

Smaller private institutions include Rushmoor School
Rushmoor School
(boys aged 3–16, girls 3–11) St. Andrew's School (girls aged 3–16, boys 3–9), and Polam School (boys and girls aged 12 months to 9 years), none of which are part of the Harpur
Harpur
Trust. Bedford
Bedford
hosts a campus of the University of Bedfordshire, which prior to a merger with the University of Luton
Luton
in 2006 had been a campus of De Montfort University
De Montfort University
(itself now solely based in Leicester). For further education, the town is served by Bedford
Bedford
College. Additionally, Stella Mann College is a private college, which offers a range of further education courses relating to the performing arts. Religious sites[edit]

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Queens Park

The town has a high number of Christian churches: including the Civic and County Church of St Paul's and the Church of St Peter's, both already noted above. There are also four from the Newfrontiers network, several Polish and Italian Roman Catholic churches, LDS (Mormon) meetinghouses, and various independent churches that cater to the different ethnic and language groups. There are also four mosques located in the town. Bedford
Bedford
has the largest Sikh temple in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
outside London, alongside two other Sikh temples; one of which is in Kempston. Bedford
Bedford
also has Guru Ravidass
Guru Ravidass
and Valmiki temples. There are also Quaker, Jehovah's Witness and Wiccan communities who meet in the town. There is no longer a synagogue in Bedford, but Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Progressive Synagogue,[34] based in Luton, meets in Bedford
Bedford
once a month for the town's Jewish community. The nearest Orthodox synagogue is the Luton
Luton
Hebrew Congregation, a Lubavitch synagogue in Luton. Bedford
Bedford
is also the former headquarters of the Panacea Society
Panacea Society
who believed that the town would have an important role in the Second Coming
Second Coming
of Jesus
Jesus
Christ, and also that Bedford
Bedford
was the original location of the Garden of Eden.[35]

Culture[edit]

Bedford
Bedford
Corn Exchange

The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford
Bedford
is housed in the recreated Victorian home of the Higgins family of Victorian brewers and in a modern extension. The museum has local history collections, while the galleries have notable collections of watercolours, prints and drawings, ceramics, glass and lace. The Panacea Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society, a religious community formed in the early twentieth century. The Bedford
Bedford
Corn Exchange is the largest entertainment venue in the town and plays host to a variety of performances, meetings, conferences, concerts and private functions. The venue has been host to many great entertainers such as Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller
and Bob Hope. The University of Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Theatre is the largest theatre in Bedford
Bedford
and hosts many larger productions as well as projects from the university. There is an active amdram (community theatre) scene, with groups such as the Swan Theatre Company, Bedford
Bedford
Drama Company (formerly Bedford
Bedford
Dramatic Club), Bedford
Bedford
Marianettes and ShowCo Bedford
Bedford
producing plays and musicals in venues like the Corn Exchange. The Bedford
Bedford
Pantomime Company produces a traditional pantomime at the Bedford
Bedford
Corn Exchange each Christmas. Esquires (one of the town's premier live music venues) regularly plays host to many notable bands and acts from all over the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as well as showcasing local live music. Every two years, an event called the " Bedford
Bedford
River Festival" is held near the river in Bedford
Bedford
during early July. The event lasts for two days and regularly attracts about 250,000 visitors. The event includes sports, funfairs and live music. It is the second largest regular outdoor event in the United Kingdom, beaten in numbers only by the Notting Hill Carnival.[36] The Bedford
Bedford
Regatta each May is Britain's largest one-day river rowing regatta. Other annual events include " Bedford
Bedford
by the Sea" (when large quantities of sand are deposited in the town centre) and the "Bedford International Kite Festival" in June. "Proms in the Park", held in early August, is a popular musical event. Sports[edit] See also: Sport in Bedfordshire There is a long-standing sporting heritage in Bedford
Bedford
Borough with long established rugby and football clubs. Bedford
Bedford
has four rugby union teams called Bedford
Bedford
Blues, Bedford
Bedford
Queens, Bedford
Bedford
Swifts and Bedford
Bedford
Athletic, and, since 2004, has also a rugby league team; Bedford
Bedford
Tigers, who compete one tier below the National Conference. Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues
are currently in the second tier of English rugby, but have previously been in the top division. Bedford Blues
Bedford Blues
RFC's Goldington
Goldington
Road ground holds in the region of 5,000 spectators with an average gate of 3,000 for home games. Taking into account the size of its overall urban area, Bedford
Bedford
is one of the largest towns in England
England
without a fully professional football team. Bedford Town F.C.
Bedford Town F.C.
currently plays at the eighth level of the English football league system
English football league system
and Bedford F.C.
Bedford F.C.
play at the 11th level.

Bedford
Bedford
rowing club boathouse.

Rowing is also a major part of the sports scene with a number of regatta events hosted throughout the year from February to October; the most significant of these being Bedford
Bedford
Regatta, which in terms of numbers of crews participating is the second largest in the country. It was on Bedford's River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
that Olympic rower, Tim Foster, honed his skills as a student of Bedford
Bedford
Modern and member of star club; indeed the borough has produced many other champions of sport past and present including Stephanie Cook, Gail Emms, Liz Yelling
Liz Yelling
and Paula Radcliffe
Paula Radcliffe
who is Life Vice-President of Bedford
Bedford
& County Athletic Club Viking Kayak Club
Viking Kayak Club
organise the Bedford
Bedford
Kayak Marathon with canoe racing held along the Embankment on Bedford's riverside and organise national ranking Canoe Slalom
Canoe Slalom
events at the Cardington Artificial Slalom Course (CASC), which was the first artificial whitewater course in the United Kingdom. CASC is also the venue each year for the United Kingdom's National Inter Clubs Slalom Finals, the largest canoe slalom event by participation in the United Kingdom. Etienne Stott
Etienne Stott
– 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist's Club. Bedford
Bedford
and the surrounding borough was a major host of national teams preparing for the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 Summer Olympics
and Paralympics. The Maldives National Olympic Committee based its competing athletes in the town and borough, while Paralympic athletes from Angola, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Lesotho, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda were also be based in the area. With the exception of Weymouth (which hosted various sailing events) Bedford
Bedford
accommodated more Olympic teams in 2012 than any other town or borough in the United Kingdom.[37] It is also home to the United Kingdom's largest outdoor fitness company, British Military Fitness which operates in Bedford
Bedford
Park. Filmography[edit]

The popular BBC
BBC
TV series Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
was filmed in and around Bedford
Bedford
during the 1970s.[38] In the 2005 motion picture Batman Begins
Batman Begins
scenes were filmed at the Cardington Sheds near Bedford
Bedford
and featured extras from Bedford. The sequel, 'The Dark Knight', was also partially filmed at the sheds using the fake working name 'Rory's First Kiss' and members of the production cast stayed at various hotels around the town.[citation needed] In the 2006 Comedy Central
Comedy Central
and DVD versions of Russell Peters' Outsourced, a good natured Bedfordian bears the brunt of Russell's comedic segment "I'm From England".[citation needed]

Public services[edit]

Bedford
Bedford
Hospital

Bedford Hospital
Bedford Hospital
is a district general hospital that operates from two sites in the town, providing a wide range of services, although patients requiring advanced health services are referred to specialist units elsewhere, particularly Addenbrooke's Hospital
Addenbrooke's Hospital
in Cambridge, which has a partnership with Bedford
Bedford
Hospital. Bedford
Bedford
Hospital's catchment area is based on the Borough of Bedford
Borough of Bedford
and parts of Central Bedfordshire. The Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
Police is responsible for policing in Bedford, and operates a main police station in the town centre. Fire and rescue services in Bedford
Bedford
are coordinated by the Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and Luton
Luton
Fire and Rescue Service. Bedford's fire station is in the Newnham area of the town, and is staffed 24 hours a day.

Notable people[edit] Main articles: List of people from Bedford
List of people from Bedford
and list of people educated at Bedford
Bedford
School See also[edit]

England
England
portal

Transport in Bedford Healthcare in Bedfordshire List of twin towns and sister cities in the United Kingdom Kempston

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bedford.

The Official Town Centre and BedfordBID Website Bedford
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Areas and wards of Bedford

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Unitary authorities

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Major settlements

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Settlements in Borough of Bedford

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Hardwick Kempston
Kempston
Rural Keysoe Keysoe
Keysoe
Row Knotting Knotting Green Little Barford Little Staughton Lower Dean Melchbourne Milton Ernest Oakley Odell Pavenham Pertenhall Podington Radwell Ravensden Renhold Riseley Roxton Salph End Sharnbrook Shelton Shortstown Souldrop Stagsden Staploe Stevington Stewartby Swineshead Thurleigh Turvey Upper Dean Upper Staploe West End Wilden Willington Wilstead Wixams Wood End Wootton Wyboston Wymington Yielden

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River Great Ouse, England

Counties

Northamptonshire Buckinghamshire Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Norfolk

Flows into

The Wash

Towns (upstream to downstream)

Brackley Buckingham Old Stratford Milton Keynes

Stony Stratford Wolverton New Bradwell

Newport Pagnell Olney Kempston Bedford St Neots Godmanchester Huntingdon St Ives Ely Littleport Downham Market King's Lynn

Major tributaries (upstream to downstream by confluence)

River Tove River Ouzel
River Ouzel
(or Lovat) River Ivel River Kym Old Bedford
Bedford
River New Bedford
Bedford
River River Cam River Lark River Little Ouse River Wissey

Major bridges (upstream to downstream)

Harrold bridge A428 Turvey bridge A428 Bromham bypass A6 Bedford
Bedford
Town Bridge A421
A421
Bedford
Bedford
bypass Great Barford
Great Barford
Bridge A428 Bridge St Neots St Neots
St Neots
Town Bridge Godmanchester
Godmanchester
Chinese Bridge A14 bridge, River Great Ouse Huntingdon
Huntingdon
Old Bridge St Ives Bridge

Longest UK rivers

Severn Thames Trent Great Ouse Wye Ure/Ouse Tay Spey Clyde Tweed Avon Nene Eden Dee

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 237714

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