March 07, 2021
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.
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
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.
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 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.
February 23, 2021