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Downtown Bedford
Downtown Bedford
Coordinates 52 ° 8 ′  N , 0 ° 28 ′  W Coordinates: 52 ° 8 ′  N , 0 ° 28 ′  W
OS National Grid TL055495
Bedford (England)
Residents 87,703
Post town BEDFORD
ZIP code section MK40 - MK42
prefix 01234
Part of the country England
region East of England
Shire county Bedfordshire
Unitary authority Bedford
"Civic Theater" in Bedford

Bedford ( English / Celt. For birch ford ) is the capital of the English county of Bedfordshire .

The city with 87,703 inhabitants (as of 2011) is the administrative center of the Borough of Bedford . The population has increased significantly in the last few decades.

Bedford was the home and prison of the English writer John Bunyan , the author of Pilgrim's Progress. The Great Ouse River runs through the city center.

Bedford is home to the largest settlement of Italian immigrants in Great Britain; in 2000, 10% of the population had Italian ancestors. This is the result of strong guest worker recruitment in the early 1950s by the London Brick Company in the southern regions of Italy.

Cardington Airfield of the British Air Force was located southwest of Bedford between Stockstown and Cardington . It was opened in 1915, used as an airfield until 1971, and its hangars were restored between 2012 and 2015.

Town twinning

Sons and daughters

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