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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Summer Walks – The Panacea Society Graves

Perhaps the most remarkable person buried in Bedford Cemetery was Mabel Bartltrop, founder of the town’s millenarian community known as the Panacea Society. They were known internationally for her Healing Mission and campaigns to have Joanna Southcott’s Box of Prophecies opened. They were (and still are) misunderstood by many because of their idiosyncrasies rather than their sincere and in some ways proto-feminist beliefs.

Over a hundred members are buried here.

Walk leader Adrian Bean has spent many years carrying out original research into these burials, including the enigmatic way seventy-five of them came to be buried in Section I, near the Scots Soldiers memorial.

If you already know about the Society, come along to learn more; if you know nothing about it but are intrigued, then come along and drink in the story of this unorthodox group of (mostly) women.

Meet at the Chapel 10 minutes before the walk.

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

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


20th August 2023


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm




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


Foster Hill Road Cemetery
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