Discover town’s secrets of Silver

The Blore Facade in Bedford, formerly Bedford Modern School.
The Blore Facade in Bedford, formerly Bedford Modern School.

Neither John Bunyan nor indeed the great Methodist John Wesley who both preached at the beautiful church of St Paul’s in Bedford would now immediately recognise it.

That is because although a religious house has stood on this site since the 8th century, a spire was not added to the current church (probably the 5th) until much later and it was not increased to its current height of 166 feet until 1868.

Recent research by Jewish historians suggests that there was actually a thriving Jewish community in the town from the middle ages, based first in the Tavistock Street area.

As their wealth increased, they moved down to the High Street end of Mill Street, where they established shops and money lenders businesses.

This could be the reason for the adjacent Silver Street being so named.

Other unusual features in and around the town centre will be revealed during the guided walk entitled I Never Knew That.

The series of walks is being organised and conducted by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides.

This latest guided walk is on Sunday, July 13, leaving the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Square at 11am.

Booking is essential by calling the centre on 01234 718112.