The town of Bedford can trace its roots back to medieval times, and has seen many changes over the course of its long history. Despite centuries of change and modernisation however, Bedford remains best kwn as the place where John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress while incarcerated in Bedford Gaol in the seventeenth century. Bedford Then & Now perfectly illustrates the changes that have taken place in Bedford's townscape during the past 100 years. Richard Wildman's fascinating selection of archive photographs placed alongside local photographer Alan Crawley's stunning images of the same scenes today make this book an incredible record of Bedford's history that will enthral residents and visitors alike.
RICHARD WILDMAN was born in Bedford and educated at Bedford Modern School and Clare College, Cambridge. He has been involved in Bedford local government and associations for nearly forty years, and is currently president of Bedford Art Society and a council member of Bedfordshire Historical Record Society. He is the author of numerous local history books, including Bedford: A Pictorial History and Bedford in Old Photographs for The History Press.