It’s All About Bedford
Bedford Beautiful Bedford is based on the banks of the River Great Ouse just a stone’s throw from Central London and a hop and a skip to the glorious ancient University town of Cambridge and the modern metropolis of Milton Keynes.
Bedford is well recognised for boasting one of the finest riverside settings in the country, criss-crossed with bridges old and new. The River Great Ouse became navigable as far as Bedford in 1689 and is overlooked by the restored Castle Mound – all that remains of Bedford castle which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.
During the Middle Ages Bedford remained a small agricultural town and wool was a very prolific industry in the area. From the 16th century Bedford and much of Bedfordshire became one of the main centres of England’s lace industry. Lace remained an important industry in the town until the early 20th century.
As brewing became a major industry in the town, wool declined. Youngs Brewery, situated in the centre of Wandsworth for 500 years, gave up the site as it was being redeveloped and made an association with Wells Brewery in Bedford to combine the companies and to have Youngs beers brewed in Bedford.
As an essential ingredient for any beer, good quality water is needed to be able to produce the best beer. Wells climbed a local hill in 1902 and sank his own well, tapping into an underground reservoir of water. All Charles Wells beers were made with water drawn from this well and this continues with the recent joint venture with Youngs
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