Unguided Walk 1
by Adrian Bean
Although there can’t be any official guided tours at the moment, you can still wander about the cemetery and find some of the graves mentioned on walks. The following photos are of interesting headstones you can find in a small area just below the chapel, all only about 100 yards from each other.
Unguided Walk No 1 – A meander in front of the Chapel
The following photos are of interesting headstones you can find in a small area just below the chapel, all only about 100 yards from each other.
- Higgins graves: local brewers and founders of art gallery and museum
- Stannard sisters: artists, teachers and musicians*
- Charles Wells: local brewing family
- Ellen Oliver: the only active Suffragette buried in the cemetery*
- Angel with circular symbol: elaborate carving symbolising Eternity
- Column: normally represents “a life cut short”…but this one has a twist if you read it!
- Lady Fanny Eve: social reformer and politician*
- John Torr: Napoleonic War veteran
- Three military graves: inscriptions show Bedford’s connections with the Army
- Arthur Covington: Hairdresser and Taxidermist*
- Bragginsgraves: well-known former shopkeepers of Bedford*
- Angel: a detailed view of an Angel pointing upwards (an agent of God)
- Kneeling Angel: striking image, used on cover of FOBC leaflets and novel by local author Ruth Hogan
- Cross: an unusual and delicate take on a commonly-used symbol
- Rev John Jukes: Much respected pastor of Bunyan Meeting House 1840-1866*
- Elizabeth Stride Ager: supporter of Women’s Rights*
*See Links to our Articles
June 21, 2020
January 21, 2020