Fine houses hold stories of families

The grounds of John Bunyan Free Church in Mill Street, Bedford.
The grounds of John Bunyan Free Church in Mill Street, Bedford.

Some fine family houses were built in Bedford, many of them no longer homes and now converted to other uses.

No one can miss the palatial white building opposite the statue of John Howard in the High Street, and which many Bedfordians will remember as Lloyds Bank.

This was actually once the home of the Palgrave family who must have had some wealth to be able to build such a grand property.

Not far out of the centre stands the oldest house in the town, no longer a home but still very much in regular use despite its very nearly being bulldozed 50 years ago.

This walk, organised by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides, is not just about the physical property though as it also tells the story of the families who lived and raised their children there, of their loves, their tragedies and their disasters.

The buildings cannot tell their own story, but members of the association have much they can reveal on this latest guided walk.

This weekend’s walk is due to leave the Tourist Information Centre in St Paul’s Square at 11am on Sunday, June 22. Booking is essential by calling 01234 718112 and the cost is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.