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Friends of Bedford Cemetery

The aim of the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery is to  promote and preserve the  environmental, cultural and historical benefits of our Victorian Cemetery and Chapel complex.

PLEASE NOTE:

Due to the current situation our planned events for the coming year have been cancelled.   The Cemetery Grounds remain open for you to visit memorials and to walk around but please follow the Government’s Guidelines on social distancing.

We are putting together a series of ‘Unguided Walks’ for you to enjoy.  So  why not take a meandering  walk through our beautiful Cemetery and discover some interesting graves and facts?

These can be found here: Unguided Walks


We are proud that Foster Hill Road Cemetery has been awarded the CPRE “Highly Recommended” award in the “Biodiversity and Landscape Improvement” category in 2018.

Read more here…



Foster Hill Road Cemetery Arch Entrance

About The Friends of Bedford Cemetery

The aim of the Friends of Bedford Cemetery is to promote and preserve the history, landscape, natural history of the cemetery. We aim to help the public appreciate the importance of the cemetery and to understand its history and amenities.



The History of Bedford Cemetery

Bedford’s first municipal cemetery opened on the 5th June 1855. The cemetery chapel was originally a double structure, with separate chapels for the Church of England and Dissenters. A Gatehouse was constructed which contained a mortuary and accommodation for cemetery staff.



The Beauty of Bedford Cemetery and it’s wildlife

The cemetery grounds are one of the hidden secrets of Bedford. The cemetery contains many historic and interesting trees, some of which such as Arbutus (Strawberry Trees) are nationally endangered.



What’s Coming Up

Check out our calendar see what’s happening in the days and months ahead


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Help to look after our grade ii listed heritage site

We are looking for volunteers to help in our beautiful cemetery