Place:Bedford, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States


Alt namesNarragansett Number 5source: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS33000465
Souhegan Eastsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS33000465
Coordinates42.933°N 71.5°W
Located inHillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
Contained Places
Bedford Center Cemetery
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Bedford is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 23,322,[1] reflecting a growth of 10% from 2010. Bedford is a suburb of Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city.


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In 1733, the Province of Massachusetts Bay established Bedford as "Narragansett, No. 5" for the benefit of soldiers who fought against the Narragansett people in Rhode Island. The area was also known as "Souhegan East". The settlement was incorporated as "Bedford" in 1750, and was named for John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford. Lord Russell, a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth, was the Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1748 to 1751, and his first wife, Diana Spencer, was cousin to the influential Duke of Marlborough.

The first English settlers in Bedford were Robert and James Walker III. [// A monument] dated 1737 stands on what is now known as Station Road (adjacent to Hawthorne Drive), marking the first settlement. Bedford's first moderator was Mayor John Goffe, son of the Colonel John Goffe after whom Goffstown was named.

In 1874, Bedford was served by the Concord Railroad, and service by the Manchester and Ashburnham Railroad was being planned.

Like much of southeastern New Hampshire, Bedford grew rapidly in the second half of the 20th century. The 2000 population of 18,274 was over eight times the population in 1950 of 2,176. Every decade in that period had a substantial rate of growth, ranging from 33 percent between 1980 and 1990 to a 67 percent increase between 1950 and 1960. As of the 2020 census, Bedford was the 11th largest municipality in the state, with a population of 23,322.[1]

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