Bedford Employment Tribunal

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Bedford Employment Tribunal
8-10 Howard Street
MK40 3HS

Telephone: 01480 415 600

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Bedford Information

Bedford is a town in the East of England and is the county town of Bedfordshire. Its designation is assumed to be derived from the title of a Saxon chief named Beda and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse. The Bedford Industrial Area is comprised of Biddenham, Kempston and Elstow, to form the 69th most important Metropolitan area in England and Wales.

Bedford has over 80,000 inhabitants within the town plus a suburban and rural sector making a total population of over 150,000 inhabitants. The town was established at a ferry across the River Great Ouse. Bedford has a long history of lace making which has now virtually disappeared.

It is believed that the area was the residence of the Offa of Mercia. Henry I erected Bedford Castle which was demolished in 1224 and all that now remains is known as Bedford Castle Mound. The town area became a borough in the 12th century thus preparing it for representation in Parliament one hundred years later, in 1265.

A large part of the parliamentary constituency in Bedford is of Italian descent. It has also gradually been occupied many Asians, mostly from the Punjab. In addition, Bedford is the home of the 2nd largest Sikh Gurdwara community in the United Kingdom, after London.

The county town is the principal settlement in the Borough of Bedford. It is split into ten wards, which include Castle, Goldington, Brickhill, Kingsbrook, De Parys, Queens Park, Harpur, Newnham, Putnoe, and Cauldwell. The ward of Brickhill elects a parish council, even though the majority of Bedford wards are non-parish areas.

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