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Bedfordshire Bulldogs and Clangers

Lying on the river Ouse plain and stretching to the Chilterns, Bedfordshire is tucked in between Cambridge and Hertfordshire it is a small county but nonetheless has several good places to visit and is full of history bisected by two ancient pathways the icknield way and Watling street.

This small landlocked county lies in the east of England its origins are old, Bedford get its name from "Bedanfordscir,” which means "Beda's ford” a river crossing on the Great Ouse. Beda was an Anglo Saxon chief, other famous historical figure associated with county include King Offa of Mercia who is buried in the town.

The most well-known however is John Bunyan born at Elstow in 1628 and the author of pilgrims progress who was imprisoned in Bedford goal for 12 years, there is a museum dedicated to Bunyan in his birthplace. Agriculture in the County is mainly market gardening set amid the gentle rolling countryside.

People from Bedfordshire are called "Bedfordshire Bulldogs" or "Clangers", the latter being a local dish comprising a suet crust pastry filled with meat in one end and jam in the other.
Bedfordshire and in particular Luton was famous for manufacturing in particular cars bricks and hats.

Bedford is the home to many large companies as well as the famous Woburn Abbey.

Other places to visit include

Wrest park
Whipsnade zoo

Towns in Bedfordshire

Activities in Bedfordshire

World War 2 History

Bletchley Park - Home of British Codebreaking

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