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As you would expect in such a multi-cultural and diverse town, Bedford has many churches, mosques, temples, chapels and synagogues. Two of the most iconic landmarks in Bedford are St Paul’s church, with it’s famous tall spire, and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple outside London.
Bunyan Meeting House
After release from prison, John Bunyan needed somewhere to meet as he was a Pastor of the Independent Congregation. His friend offered him the barn and orchard on Mill Street which became the Bunyan Free Meeting House.A church was constructed on the site in 1707 and the Meeting House stands on the same site today.
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
St Pauls Sq, Bedford MK40 1SQ
Bedford’s principal church is St Paul’s, located in the square of the same name at the historic centre of the town. A Church of England parish church, it has a tall spire which is one of the main features of the town.
St Peter’s Church
St Peter’s, contains some of the oldest architectural remains in Bedford, the most ancient being the two monoliths. The Parish Church of St Peter de Merton with St Cuthbert is an Anglican church on St Peter’s Street in the De Parys area of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.
Image by Simon Speed.
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple
The building on Ford End Road, Queens Park, Bedford is the largest Sikh temple in the UK outside London. After five years of planning and three years of building, the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Ford End Road, Queens Park, opened in April 2007 amid a vibrant ceremony of celebration and colour. Granite and marble, which clad the outside, were imported from western India – along with 20 stonemasons who worked for a year-and-a half crafting the stunning exterior.The building, which can accommodate 600 worshippers, was a mammoth undertaking.
The Gurdwara is part of a 2.5-acre complex, complete with community centre and kitchens which can cater for up to 500 for celebrations such as weddings. And what we are finding now is that young Sikhs are far more enthusiastic when it comes to learning about their religion because they enjoy coming to the temple and community centre. Classes are taught here and we give
a place for youngsters to go and do something constructive with their time, whether it be to learn judo or play football.
Jamia Masjid Gulshani Mosque
Jamia Masjid Gulshan-E-Baghdad is a purpose built mosque completed in 2001, through the generosity and hard work of the Queens Park community. It has a capacity of approx 1200 people. It is one of the recognised religious buildings in Queens Park and as a result, a vast number of people visit the mosque every year.
We receive a large number of visitors from schools, colleges, universities and other institutions wishing to find out more about a mosque and the Islamic faith for projects and studies. Jamia Masjid Gulshan-E-Baghdad is open to visitors throughout the year.
St Francesca Cabrini RC Church
10 Woburn Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1EG
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 –1917), also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian religious sister. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (July 7, 1946).
Served parishes in Bletchley and Peterborough. Parish of St Frances Cabrini (Italian Church) in Bedford, Bedfordshire (Diocese of Northampton).
OTHER CHURCHES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP
All Nations Church
Brickhill Drive Bedford
Dover Crescent Bedford
Bromham Baptist Church
King’s Arms Church
245 Ampthill Road Bedford
6 Abbey Close Elstow, Bedford
Wootton Baptist Church
Bedford Road Wootton, Bedford
Cotton End Baptist Church
51 High Road Cotton End, Bedford
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