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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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26 Oct 2021
Arthur Hullatt Elliott
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Arthur Hullatt Elliott

Arthur Hullatt Elliott was born on the 1st of January 1884 Bolnhurst, Bedford. He was one of 7 children born into poverty. He caught Measles when he was 7 and unfortunately, as a result of this,...

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17 Sep 2021
John William Elliott
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John William Elliott

John William Elliott (known as Jack) was born on the 12th September 1920 in Bedford When he left school Jack went to work at the Shire Hall, Bedford where he worked in the “Restriction of Development”...

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17 Sep 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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14 Sep 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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27 Jan 2021
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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28 Aug 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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21 Aug 2020