Descriptive gazetteer entries

These other entries in our collection of descriptive gazetteers are also about Bedford. You may be able to find further references to Bedford in the descriptive gazetteers by doing a full-text search here.

Place Type of entry Source
BEDFORD a town, two subdistricts, and a district Imperial

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Bedford within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
William Camden Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire 7
John Byng A Tour of Bedfordshire in 1794: May 5
Arthur Young 1791 Tour from Cambridgeshire to Birmingham 5
Daniel Defoe Letter 7, Part 2: East Midlands 4
Daniel Defoe Appendix to the second volume 4
Robert Gammage Becoming a Chartist speaker, and first leaving Northampton in 1840 4
John Wesley 1757-9: "I do Indeed Live by Preaching"; Advice to Travelers; French Prisoners 3
John Byng A Tour in the Midlands, 1789: London to Biggleswade 2
John Byng A Tour of Bedfordshire in 1794: September 2
Celia Fiennes Another tour of the Midlands 2
Celia Fiennes Bedfordshire 2
Daniel Defoe Letter 1, Part 3: Norfolk and Cambridgeshire 1
Robert Gammage Working and Campaigning in Chelmsford in 1841-2 1
Thomas Pennant Northampton to Gothurst 1

This website includes two large libraries, of historical travel writing and of entries from nineteenth century gazetteers describing places. We have text from these sources available for these places near your location:

Place Mentioned in Travel Writing Mentioned in Hist. Gazetteer
Goldington 1 2
Kempston 0 2
Biddenham 0 2
Elstow 2 2
Renhold 0 2
Clapham 0 2
Howbury 0 2
Cardington 2 2
Ravensden 0 2
Bromham 1 2
Eastcotts 0 3
Cople 4 2
Willington 1 2
Wilshamstead 0 2
Oakley 0 2
Wilden 0 2
Great Barford 9 3
Milton Ernest 0 2
Barford 0 2
Wootton 0 2