About Bedford (more reasons to come on down and visit us)
Lady K’s shop is based just off the high st in the town centre of Bedford (behind Wilkinsons store .) There’s a lot to see and do in Bedford so why not pop down and make a weekend/mid week break and enjoy some of the delightful scenery.
Take a trip on the Great River Ouse via the Bunyan boat and explore the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside (you can also have lunch on the boat and enjoy the bar too.) Have a stroll around one of Bedford’s many stunning parks (some have cafes) or have dinner down by the Embankment and watch the elegant swans on the river.
Bedford is not just the County Town of Bedfordshire and a market town but it is also steeped in a very rich history. Here’s 10 things about Bedford that you may not know:
1/ The BBC were based here during WW2
2/ The Duke of Bedford invented one of the most fashionable hairstyles of his time
The Government introduced a tax on hair powder in 1795, much to the dislike of the wearers of powdered wigs across Britain. In protest, the 5th Duke of Bedford, Francis Russell, created a new hairstyle; a cropped, un-powdered, highly-waxed cut called ‘The Bedford Level’. The hairstyle became hugely successful and marked the departure from the powdery Georgian look
3/ Bedford has one of the largest Italian communities outside of Italy
4/ The Pilgrims Progress was written here by a local preacher John Bunyan
John Bunyan, who was a writer and preacher in Elstow (a small village on the outskirts of Bedford) wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress there. This has become one of the cornerstones of English literature, has sold more copies, in more languages (over 200!) than any other book apart from the Bible.
5/ The Duke of Bedford developed one of the poshest parts of London
6/ Bedford was founded by the Danes
7/ Bedford is a party town The Bedford River Festival, which started in 1978 to celebrate the completion of a navigable water route from Bedford to the coast, is the second largest free outdoor event after the (in)famous Notting Hill Carnival
8/ Bedford used to directly connect Oxford and Cambridge
9/ Glen Miller was last seen alive at Bedford Airfield bit about twinwoods here (RAF Twinwood)
10/ The seat of the Duke of Bedford is now a safari park
After key privileges were removed from the aristocracy by the British government throughout the 20th century, the Duke of Bedford realised he must start making a profit or risk going broke. He hence turned the vast swathes of land around his estate into The Woburn Safari Park in 1970, which boasts a great menagerie of animals, is loved by children and adults alike and plays a key role in modern conservation efforts.
So come on down and visit Bedford but don’t forget to pop on down to Lady K’s in the Castle Quay quarter and also visit some of our lovely friends in the area too
Gifts and Cafe – a delightful place to relax and eat/drink whilst browsing so
me of the lovely gifts on sale. Most weekends there are food board nights too and you can take your own wine (small corkage fee) plus occasionally listen to some fabulous local entertainment.
Exclusive quality Gent’s clothing and made to measure outfits with a choice of many
Not only great on quality but also great on price too including ties, cufflinks and much more
Founded in London in the late 1990’s by Andrew Nicholls, Design Twenty offers one of the largest, original selection of 20th Century design in the UK. Stocking some amazing designs from various famous designers.
Bedfordshire’s oldest family run garage of over 80 years specialising in both modern and classic cars. Established in 1932 providing an excellent service.
Not only a fantastic and informative museum but now combing an Italian restuarant with some great tasting dishes too. There’s also regular workshops, exhibitions and much more
There’s plenty of lovely restaurants in our area too:
Chef Bejing, Riverside Grill, Baja, Spaghetti John’s, Thai et Tandoor, the Lanes, the Swan, the Embankment, plus so many more delightful places to visit, eat and shop.
So come on down to see us and combine your Lady K experience with some of the delights of our Market town:)