Foster Hill Road Cemetery Event Details

The Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery host a number of themed talks during the year, which are open to the public and always prove very popular.  The Cemetery records are available at the Chapel during the Heritage Weekend in September and an annual carol concert is held near Christmas.  Other events are held to mark special occasions.

Members of the Friends lead several guided walks during the summer months. Each walk is themed and covers topics such as the Cemetery’s spectacular graves, its history, its wildlife, tales of those buried there and more.  Walks are also included during the Heritage weekend.  The walks last approximately 1.5 hours and the pace is gentle.  However, the cemetery grounds are uneven so a pair of stout walking shoes is recommended.

We are also happy to arrange bespoke walks for interested groups, please contact us for details.

The times and dates of our events vary, so please see our events calendar for more details.

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Crime & Punishment Talk and Walk

Foster Hill Road Cemetery has its share of policemen and Chief Constables, a Prison Governor, criminals, murderers and their victims. Bob Ricketts will explore the history of the Bedford and Bedfordshire police forces and policemen, including Bedford’s early Chief Constables – William Coombs ; Richard Stennett , remembered for the ‘Battle of St. Peter’s Green’; Harry Thody  who captured the Bedford ‘train-wrecker’ Samuel Tomlinson in 1898. Three County Chief Constables – Captain Edward Boultbee , former East India Company captain who served as Chief Constable until 1871, investigating Sarah Dazeley’s murder of two of her husbands by poisoning; Major Ashton Warner ; Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Frank Augustus Stevens, shot by his beater, who was also a Police Constable! Bedford’s reforming prison governor, Robert Evan Roberts – the pioneer of criminal ‘mugshots’. The infamous ‘Tennis Court Murder’ and suicide – and much more.

Bob will share the stories and following the talk Cemetery Guide Anni Berman will take you on a guided walk through the cemetery to identify the key graves.

The event  is free but a small contribution to the Friends would be welcome.

Tea and home made cakes will be available at the end of the walk.

Please note:  The cemetery ground is uneven, so wear sensible shoes.  When viewing memorials, please do not lean on them.

Date

16th July 2023

Time

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost

Free

Location

The Chapel
Foster HIll Road
Bedford, MK41 7TD United Kingdom

Organiser

Foster Hill Road Cemetery
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