General view of Cemetery

FRIENDS OF BEDFORD CEMETERY

Foster Hill Road

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INTERESTING GRAVES 1

INTERESTING GRAVES 3

INTERESTING GRAVES 2

The Grave of the Revd. John Jukes

The monument commemorates The Revd. John Jukes (and his wife Sarah Jukes). He was born in Frome, Somerset, was Pastor of the Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford from 1840 to 1866. The present building was opened in 1850 at a cost of £4,500.

The famous Bedfordian author Mark Rutherford real name William Hale White, 1831-1913) was a member of this church during Jukes' ministry. He caricatured him as the Rev’d. John Broad in his novel "The Revolution in Tanner's Lane". In this book Bedford is Cowfold and Bunyan Meeting is in Tanner's Lane. There is a Memoir of John Jukes, Senior Pastor of Bunyan's Church Bedford by Thomas Allen Blyth and John Jukes, published in 2010.


The Memorial reads:

“HE WAS A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN A FAITHFUL PREACHER A WATCHFUL PASTOR A SUCCESSFUL TUTOR AND JUDICIOUS AND FIRM FRIEND WITH EXEMPLARY WISDOM GENTLENESS AND COURTESY AND WON UNIVERSAL RESPECT BY A SPIRIT AT ONCE LOVING AND FEARLESS. HIS LIFE WAS BEAUTIFUL IN ITS CONSISTENCY AND HIS END WAS PERFECT PEACE. (Illegible section ....) DIED MAY 22ND 1866 IN THE 62ND YEAR OF HIS AGE.

SARAH WIDOW OF THE LATE REVD JOHN JUKES DIED DECEMBER 31st 1869 AGED 62”.



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THE PHOTOGRAPHS.

Top.
The grave as found obsured by ivy.

Middle. Work in progress clearing the ivy.

Bottom. The finished job, the cleared grave.

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The Grave of Father John Warmoll

In 1863 a young virtually penniless newly ordained priest, Father John Warmoll arrived in Bedford. It was Christmas Eve and he was welcomed by the Tandy family. Masses were celebrated in the Tandy family home. This was the first time since the Reformation that Mass had been celebrated in public in Bedford.

We were first asked to find the graves of two ladies from the Tandy family. We found their graves completely overgrown, and these graves were cleared of ivy and other jungle undergrowth by the Friends, and also cleaned by the Roman Catholic community.

Father Warmoll became a Catholic in 1859 and was ordained a priest in 1863. He had perpetual financial problems but eventually enough money was raised to build a church in Midland Road Bedford. Father Warmoll joined many societies in the town, becoming a much respected speaker.

We are told that his funeral in Foster Hill Road Cemetery was attended by 3000 people. All the shops in the town closed for the day and the roads leading from Midland Road to Foster Hill Road Cemetery were lined by people. He died on 14th February 1885. The Friends have been working with our colleagues from the Roman Catholic Church and we have found an additional memorial to add to that of Father John Warmoll. This grave was completely covered with brambles and a blanket of weeds which they removed. This is a memorial to Father Robert Middleton a successor to Father Warmoll. This priest died on October 12th 1906. Father Wormall’s memorial stone has recently been re-consecrated and beautifully cleaned. (for more details of Father Warmoll and other Catholic Priests buried in the cemetery see Interesting Graves 3)


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THE PHOTOGRAPHS.

Top.
The grave of Father John Warmoll.

Middle. The grave of Father Robert Middleton.

Bottom. The Tandy family graves.

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