Slums of Waterloo became our jewel in the crown

Suspension Bridge in Bedford
Suspension Bridge in Bedford

This weekend offers the last chance this season to join in the popular guided walk entitled The Jewel In The Crown.

The Embankment area of Bedford was once the slum part of the community known as Waterloo and it provided homes for the poor and manual workers of the town.

In the mid 1800s the council of the time decided that the slum properties needed to be removed and the whole area cleared and tidied. When they made that decision they could not have imagined that more than 160 years later their plans would still be enormously popular and greatly admired by many visitors every weekend.

The whole scheme culminated with the installation of the iconic Suspension Bridge linking the cleaned and greatly widened former mill race to Newnham Mill, with the newly accessible island area and the course of the river proper.

The area is still rightly referred to as the jewel in Bedford’s crown and to discover more, join the guided walk, led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides, leaving the Old Town Hall in St Paul’s Square, Bedford at 11am on Sunday, August 30.

Booking is essential by calling the Travel and Tourist Information Centre on 01234 718112.