See M&S Bedford over its 120-year history in the town

Amazing pictures show iconic 120-year-old Bedford Marks and Spencer store down the years as closure looms

These amazing pictures show Bedford's 120-year-old Marks and Spencer store through the decades as the town fights to save it from closure.

Marks and Spencer recently announced it plans to close the store, putting 68 jobs at risk. Town centre businesses are putting a positive case to Marks & Spencer management to save Bedford’s store from closure. Led by the Board of the independent Business Improvement District (BedfordBID), in collaboration with the council’s economic development team, they hope to persuade M&S bosses the town is viable due to huge investment in Bedford. This brilliant gallery of pictures from local historian Maurice Nicholson shows the iconic store over the years from its humble beginnings as a glorified market stall to the store on the corner of Harpur Street/Midland since its opening in 1929. READ MORE: Love your M&S: Join campaign to save Bedford’s M&S store from closure.

"Images show the White Horse pub which used to sit on the corner of Midland Road and what is now part of Harpur Street. It was demolished for the brand new M&S which had its own label of St Michael - a mark of quality among shoppers for decades," says Maurice.

5. History of Bedford Marks and Spencer in pictures

"Images show the White Horse pub which used to sit on the corner of Midland Road and what is now part of Harpur Street. It was demolished for the brand new M&S which had its own label of St Michael - a mark of quality among shoppers for decades," says Maurice.
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The stores official opening was at 10am on Friday, October 25. An extension to include an upper floor and side entrance in Harpur Street was added later.

6. History of Bedford Marks and Spencer in pictures

The stores official opening was at 10am on Friday, October 25. An extension to include an upper floor and side entrance in Harpur Street was added later.
Maurice Nicholson
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You can almost smell the nostalgia in this particular photograph

7. History of Bedford Marks and Spencer in pictures

You can almost smell the nostalgia in this particular photograph
Maurice Nicholson
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A few of the special lines  advertised in the old Bedfordshire Times and Independent prior to the grand opening were ladies handbags at 3s 11d, mens mackintoshes 5s, boys and girls serviceable boots, 5s, art silk hose, 1s and 2s 11d.

8. History of Bedford Marks and Spencer in pictures

A few of the special lines advertised in the old Bedfordshire Times and Independent prior to the grand opening were ladies handbags at 3s 11d, mens mackintoshes 5s, boys and girls serviceable boots, 5s, art silk hose, 1s and 2s 11d.
Maurice Nicholson
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