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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.


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.
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Bedford (Independent City), Virginia

215 E Main St
Bedford, VA 24523
Phone: (540) 587-6001
Fax: (540) 586-7134

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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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)


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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LOCATION: The National D-Day memorial is at the intersection of Routes 460 and 122 in Bedford, Virginia.
* The National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, Virginia -- Outdoor memorial park and garden in historic Bedford.
(4) Thirty-four of the Soldiers assigned to Company A were from the rural town of Bedford, Virginia. (5) By day's end, nineteen of these brave men died storming the beach; (6) another three died in the days that followed.
When American forces went ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day, the leading unit contained a disproportionate number of young men from the town of Bedford, Virginia. Twenty-two homes in the small town received telegrams reporting the death of a young man at Omaha Beach or nearby during the landing that day.
It focuses on the young soldiers from Bedford, Virginia, who joined Company A, 116th Infantry, 29th Division, and explores the impact of the Omaha Beach assaults on the boys, collectively referred to by Kershaw as the Bedford boys, and on their small hometown.
Company A, comprising 200 men, contained 34 young soldiers from the farming community of Bedford, Virginia. The company was part of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the US Army's 29th Division.
Wheelabrator Abrasives, Inc., Bedford, Virginia, has named Keith Keller regional sales manager for Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
OUR wartime serving contemporaries the Americans, have at least had sanction of an 88-acre site in Bedford, Virginia, to erect a memorial dedicated to all Allied D-Day forces.
Bedford, Virginia claims the third biggest eastern tree with a 516-point yellow-poplar, or tuliptree, whose 31-foot girth has helped it hold the crown since 1972.
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