Tale of conspiracy at long lost castle revealed in guided walk

Castle Mound, Bedford.
Castle Mound, Bedford.

The rise and fall of Bedford Castle will keep you enthralled with tales of conspiracy during this weekend’s guided walk.

In the first quarter of the 13th century, the evil doings of King John were fresh in the minds of the people of England and the indirect consequences of his deeds were still being acutely felt – nowhere more than in Bedfordshire.

Although not a royal castle – owned by the King – Bedford Castle was still an important place for conspiracies and for occasional visits for hunting in the numerous adjacent deer parks.

On this walk, led by the Bedford Association of Tour Guides, you can discover why there is now no castle to be seen, only the area known as Castle Mound – and how unlucky it is for Bedford that it no longer possesses a tourist attraction that in its hey day would probably have rivaled Arundel or even Windsor.

It was probably this preponderance to being so immersed in conspiracy that eventually hastened its demise and caused the young Henry III to play a part in its future.

If you want to know more of the story you can join this week’s guided walk due to leave the Tourist Information Centre at 11am on Sunday, July 27.

Booking is essential on 01234 718112 and the cost is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children.