Local History and Heritage
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.
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.
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
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.
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