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Bedford,

town and borough (1991 pop. 75,632), central England, on the Ouse River. It is an important industrial center; diesel engines, pumps, turbines, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, and transistors are the chief manufactures. Bedford is also a fluid dynamics research center. A battlefield for Britons and Saxons in the 6th cent., Bedford was the scene of an important Saxon defeat in 571. St. Peter's Church contains examples of Saxon stone carvings. John BunyanBunyan, John
, 1628–88, English author, b. Elstow, Bedfordshire. After a brief period at the village free school, Bunyan learned the tinker's trade, which he followed intermittently throughout his life. Joining the parliamentary army in 1644, he served until 1647.
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 is commemorated by a chapel on the site of a building where he preached in the 17th cent. Bedford School, in existence since the 12th cent., is one of the largest public schools in England. Bedford formerly was the county seat of Bedfordshire, which was abolished as an administrative county in 2009.

Bedford.

1 City (1990 pop. 13,817), seat of Lawrence co., S Ind.; inc. 1889. Bedford limestone, quarried there and shipped all over the world, was used in the construction of the Empire State Building and the Pentagon. The city also has several small industrial plants and a foundry. Carvings and the many old stone buildings and houses are notable. 2 Town (1990 pop. 12,996), Middlesex co., E Mass., a residential suburb of Boston; settled c.1637, inc. 1729. Several pre-Revolutionary houses remain. 3 City (1990 pop. 14,822), Cuyahoga co., NE Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland; settled c.1813 on the site of a Moravian settlement (1786), inc. as a city 1931. Although chiefly residential, it has plants that manufacture office furniture, china, rubber goods, auto parts, processed foods, and tools. 4 City (1990 pop. 43,762), Tarrant co., N Tex., a suburb of Fort Worth; settled c.1843, inc. 1954. Manufactures include plastic molds and telecommunications equipment.

Bedford (Independent City), Virginia

215 E Main St
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 587-6001
Fax: (540) 586-7134
www.ci.bedford.va.us

In south-central VA, between Roanoke and Lynchburg. Serves as county seat for Bedford County. Annexed part of Bedford County effective July 1, 1993. Name Origin: Incorporated as the town of Liberty in 1839; name changed to Bedford City in 1890 for John Russell (1710-71), the fourth Duke of Bedford; shortened to Bedford in 1912. Incorporated as a city in 1969

Area (sq mi):: 6.90 (land 6.89; water 0.01) Population per square mile: 901.50
Population 2005: 6,211 State rank: 128 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.40%; 1990-2000 3.70% Population 2000: 6,299 (White 74.70%; Black or African American 22.40%; Hispanic or Latino 0.90%; Asian 0.60%; Other 1.70%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 40.90
Income 2000: per capita $15,423; median household $28,792; Population below poverty level: 19.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $27,904-$30,051
Unemployment (2004): 4.60% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.10% Median travel time to work: 20.00 minutes Working outside county of residence: 44.40%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Bedford

1
1. David. born 1937, British composer, influenced by rock music
2. Duke of, title of John of Lancaster. 1389--1435, son of Henry IV of England: protector of England and regent of France (1422--35)

Bedford

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1. a town in SE central England, administrative centre of Bedfordshire, on the River Ouse. Pop.: 82 488 (2001)
2. short for Bedfordshire
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He crossed Bedford Square and found the number he was looking for.
One afternoon, after he had tea, he started for a walk down the Embankment toward Westminster, intending to end his stroll at Bedford Square and to ask whether Miss Burgoyne would let him take her to the theatre.
Three weeks afterward the man lay in a bunk on the whale-ship BEDFORD, and with tears streaming down his wasted cheeks told who he was and what he had undergone.
He did not wander about the countryside, but lived at the little village of Elstow, about a mile from the town of Bedford, as his father had before him.
People came from long distances to hear him, and he preached not only in Elstow and Bedford but in all the country round.
So back to Bedford she went, and with beating heart and trembling limbs sought out the judges.
Bunyan was born in 1628 at the village of Elstow, just outside of Bedford, in central England.
Relief came when at the age of twenty-four he joined a non-sectarian church in Bedford (his own point of view being Baptist).
Sometimes, on Sundays, I heard the bells, the Lincoln, Acton, Bedford, or Concord bell, when the wind was favorable, a faint, sweet, and, as it were, natural melody, worth importing into the wilderness.
But here, whilst my gratitude for the princely benefactions of the Duke of Bedford bursts from my heart, you must forgive my reminding you that it was you who first recommended me to the notice of my benefactor.
Oh yes, or Ilfracombe and Swanage and Tunbridge Wells and Surbiton and Bedford.
I met him at the Bedford, when I went to look for you; and I told him that Miss Amelia was come home, and that we were all bent on going out for a night's pleasuring; and that Mrs.