Bedford is a market town in Bedfordshire, England. At the 2011 Census, the population was 106,940.
Bedford is also the county town of Bedfordshire and seat of the Borough of Bedford, a unitary authority that includes a significant rural area.Bedford was founded at a ford on the River Great Ouse and is thought to have been the burial place of King Offa of Mercia, who is remembered for building Offa's Dyke on the Welsh border.
Bedford Castle was built by Henry I, although it was destroyed in 1224.
Bedford was granted borough status in 1166 and has been represented in Parliament since 1265. It is known for its large population of Italian desc ent."}}}}
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