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Epping Forest.


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This article was sent to me regarding my daughters 3xGt.Grandfather, John Thomas Bedford.

COUNCIL CHAMBER CORRIDOR. Marble Bust by Walter Merrett

John Thomas Bedford, member of the Court of Common Council for Farringdon Without from 1865 to 1896, was born at Snow Hill in 1812.
He carried on the business of an undertaker's furnisher. The work with which his name will be identified more than that of any other person, is the preservation of Epping Forest for the use of the people.
He laboured with persistence to attain this object, and it was due to him that the Corporation took steps to procure the Act which empowered the Crown to issue a Commission to inquire into the various rights of all parties over Epping Forest.
In the end the great work was accomplished, and on the 6th May, 1882, Queen Victoria, in person, declared the Forest dedicated to the use of the public for all time.

He was also a contributor to Punch, to the extent of over 200 articles, written chiefly under the name of "Robert," and entitled "Notes from the Diary of a City Waiter."
He served the office of Deputy from 1884 to 1896, and died in March, 1900. On the brass tablet affixed to the bust is inscribed: "He saved Epping Forest for the People.'

I just googled his name, and he has other books published.:eek:

Robert: or, Notes from the diary of a city waiter by John Thomas Bedford and Charles Samuel Keene (1885).
The Story of the Preservation of Epping Forest ... Second edition by John Thomas Bedford (1882).
Opening of West Ham Park, by John Thomas Bedford (1874).

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