Author Archives: Adrian Bean



Adrian Bean

The Stories That Crosses Tell
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The Stories That Crosses Tell

In any cemetery, some of the most evocative and impressive monuments are in the shape of a Cross; they can be simple, complex and enigmatic, all at the same time. This article looks at the...

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January 27, 2021
C D: a Scandalous Burial?
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C D: a Scandalous Burial?

In the autumn of 1994 there was much debate in the pages of the “Bedfordshire on Sunday” newspaper about whether an unusual burial should be allowed at Foster Hill Road Cemetery. Depending on your point...

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October 28, 2020
WHAT WE DO IN THE CEMETERY
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WHAT WE DO IN THE CEMETERY

In a nutshell, the Friends of Bedford Cemetery is a small volunteer-led charity with members who try to look after this historic and beautiful place and encourage others to explore, enjoy and learn more about...

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August 28, 2020
Swastika Headstones
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Swastika Headstones

Whatever kind of person would choose to have a swastika on a headstone? Somebody evil? A Nazi sympathiser surely? * Well…no. In fact, a century ago, a Swastika was for many years a fairly common choice...

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August 21, 2020
The Best Epitaph
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The Best Epitaph

It isn’t easy to choose the words for an epitaph. The message on a headstone will be read by generations to come, so you’ll want to get things just right. But how can anyone possibly...

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January 21, 2020
A Walkers' Walk and a Workers' Walk
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A Walkers’ Walk and a Workers’ Walk

A walk is a walk is a walk…but not necessarily. We’ve just had two very different walks, both of which involved proper walkers. On Sunday 15th September, we once more contributed to the programme for the Bedfordshire...

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September 18, 2019
Trees, trees, trees
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Trees, trees, trees

Who would have thought that trees could be such darned clever little beggars? Well, twenty visitors braved the drizzle on Sunday afternoon and had a masterclass in the wonderful world of TREES. Led by Jo Roberts...

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July 30, 2019