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Caption for Bedford, The Promenade 1897: In this view, looking north-east from the bridge on the south bank of the Ouse, the Swan Hotel is seen without ivy. The pediment on the left is that of the main west elevation facing the town: the graceful columned portico can be glimpsed through the trees. It was from this court, formed by the demolition of the old Swan Inn, that coaches left for London and other towns until the mid 1850s.

An extract from Bedford Photographic Memories.

Memories of Bedford

I spent many a happy afternoons here , watching film's . Beautiful old place , so sad when they tore it down . It was supposed to be a listed building , thank's BB Council , they also pulled down the old Granada, which was also ' a Listed building !!!! It was also in a lovely setting by the river , i miss those days ...

My mother used to work at a factory called "proper pride" making lingerie does anyone remember it I think it was in mile road, it would be lovely to hear from anyone who knew it. My mother was called maria longo

In 1956 when I was 17 years old my brother in law built a sailing boat but neither if us had ever sailed. We took the boat on a trailer to "Kelpie's" yard on the river Ouse at Great Barford near to Bedford and were soon leaning the skills of gybing until a late gybe left us stranded in reeds. I was the lucky one (...Read full memory)

I worked there for a few years with Stan Hunt at the Picturedrome, and the Plaza which was nearly opposite across the river was owned by a man called Mr Cheetam. I also worked at the Plaza as a relief projectionist and also another cinema in Ampthill owned by Mr Cheetam. They were great days and I (...Read full memory)

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