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Adrian Bean

The First Headstone
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The First Headstone

Although two-year old Ellen Tacchi was the first person to be buried in the newly opened cemetery, she didn’t have a permanent headstone. The first stone memorial was erected to the memory of Elizabeth Jane...

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October 26, 2021
Raducanu, Ronaldo …and Roberts
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Raducanu, Ronaldo …and Roberts

Well, it was quite a weekend for records. The world was amazed and delighted by a young woman who won a tennis title against all the odds, and still came over as the likeable girl-next-door. Half...

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September 14, 2021
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