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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

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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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On the morning after our ar- rival at New Bedford, while at the breakfast-table, the question arose as to what name I should be called by.
Such being my conjectures, any one acquainted with the appearance of New Bedford may very readily infer how palpably I must have seen my mistake.
In the afternoon of the day when I reached New Bedford, I visited the wharves, to take a view of the shipping.
With this, a number of them bolted at him; but they were intercepted by some more timid than themselves, and the be- trayer escaped their vengeance, and has not been seen in New Bedford since.
did for nearly three years in New Bedford, before I became known to the anti-slavery world.
Coffin, a gentleman who had heard me speak in the colored people's meeting at New Bedford.
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.
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.
Construction of the planned 400,000 square-foot facility, to be located on approximately 35-acres in the Bedford County Business Park, will begin next year for full-capacity completion in early 2008, and will employ nearly 350 full-, part-time and seasonal employees.
Costa, a resident of South Dartmouth, is owner and treasurer of the Bufftree Building Company in New Bedford.
The company just signed a contract to pay $36 million for 180 Bedford Avenue, a site on the heavily trafficked corner at Bedford Avenue and North 7th Street, across from the Bedford Avenue L.