Borough of Bedford
Bedford is a unitary authority with the status of a borough in the county of Bedfordshire in England. Slightly more than half of the population lives in Bedford, the county seat. Other important towns are Eastcotts, Great Barford, Oakley, Stewartby, Turvey and Wootton.
Unlike most English counties Bedford has a directly elected mayor.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 and evolved from the merger of the original Borough of Bedford, of Kempston Urban District and the Bedford Rural District. At first he was called Bedford District and had the status of District. By royal decree in 1975, the name was changed in North Bedfordshire, in 1992, finally in Borough of Bedford.