Bedford is a town in the county of Bedfordshire in the East of England. The name of the town is thought to derive from the name of a Saxon chief called Beda, and a ford crossing the River Great Ouse. Bedford was long known as an agricultural town with wool being its most important industry. From the 16th to 20th century Bedford became known for its lace industry.
The spire of St Paul’s Church is one of the main features of the town and both John Bunyan and John Wesley both preached there.
Public Art in Bedford has been integrated into new developments by developers, promoters, and the Central Bedfordshire Council. They also like to encourage public art in Bedford to include local materials, history, and appropriateness of artwork to its environment.