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Located in the central-northern part of Bedfordshire, Bedford is our County Town and has grown since medieval times around the River Great Ouse which runs through the heart of the town and the Embankment is without a doubt one of its main attractions along with Bedford Park which was opened in 1888 and has 80 acres of Victorian landscaping and remains unspoilt. Local culture includes an art gallery named the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford and the Bunyan.
Bedford Castle, constructed during the reign of William II sometime between 1100 and 1130, only lasted until 1224, when it was destroyed in an aristocratic battle over supremacy. It was the second fortress built in Bedford, preceded by the one erected during the reign of Edward the Elder in 919. St Paul's Church was initially built before the Norman Conquest, although nothing remains of the original construction today.
Bedford’s most famous son is John Bunyan (1628 -1688), undoubtedly one of the most notable historical figures of the Bedford area, originated from Elstow and is remembered for his religious writings and sermons. During his imprisonment he wrote his most remarkable work, The Pilgrim's Progress, which is the allegory of a spiritual journey. Other famous connections with the town are Paula Radcliffe Marathon runner and both Ronne Barker comedian and Gail Emms Olympian were born here. The town has a very well supported Rugby team and Rowing clubs.
Today, Bedford is diverse town of mainly serviced based employment and around the town are many villages notably the pretty Riverside villages to the North and East which are designated an area of great landscape value. The town is home to several quality private schools and this draws many buyers to our area from far and wide.
Our office is set on the Bromham Road and has one of the largest window displays in the town along with parking at the rear! The office has been open for over 15 years and is owned by Gareth Hughes & Glenn Harrington who purchased the business from Tony Inskip in 2018. Tony remains in the background as a consultant for the business and the team is enhanced by the appointment of well known and respected David Lawrence, the Branch Valuer who has over 20 years personal experience in the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire property markets. Add to this the sales, admin and progression team of Sue Sharp, Sam Anderson, Shezad Ahmed & Melanie Baldwin and you have the complete solution for anyone looking to sell their property locally. Our in house mortgage advisor, Phil Shearer would be delighted to assist you with any requirements you may have.
As an owner run office if there are any aspects of the property world you would like to discuss please feel free to contact Glenn, Gareth or any member of the team and they will be glad to help at any time.

The agent that goes the extra mile is our slogan and as we have been selling customers homes since 1997 our numerous reviews endorse our willingness to do just that. The owners of the Bedford County office aim to prove that they and their team have thought through and put into place a proven service and marketing proposition which really does work.

The team recognise the importance of a phone call back and a good photograph. Some homes are fortunate to sell straight away while others don’t and more is effort is required this is where Urban & Rural have their ‘route to a sale’ with a proven strategy using plan a,b,c and d etc.




Bedford Branch
72 Bromham Road
MK40 2QH 

Tel: 01234 272282


Hours of business:

Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday 10.00am – 1pm


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Sue Sharp

Sue Sharp Senior Residential Sales & Administration

“Known as one of the original team, and probably now the most senior! having joined 13 years ago with 20 years previous experience in customer related jobs, it was a pleasure to join Urban & Rural, renowned for its friendly approach and its award-winning recognition for independent estate agencies. I now have complete all round knowledge of the business from getting your property ready to market, to handing out keys on the day of completion. With my love for Bedford, having lived here nearly all my life, a love for both houses and of people, I find getting to know you and matching you up to a property is both exciting & rewarding....after all, it's probably one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make and making it a smooth transaction is always our priority. Receiving constant praise from our customers with many returning to use our services again makes me proud to be part of this team. And with ever developing changes to stay ‘one step ahead’ in this growing industry, its great to be involved with one of the best!”

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson Branch Administrator

Having worked in the property industry in Bedford for 15 years and 8 of those years with the team here in Bedford. I live in a local village with my family close to Bedford and have great knowledge of the local surrounding villages and Bedford itself. Having experienced both selling and buying properties myself I understand that it is a very big move in people’s lives and the support of a good agent is definitely invaluable. I have done a varied number of roles from sales chasing, viewings but my main role which I’m most passionate about is the administration side of the job. I fully appreciate the attention to detail whether it’s sending sales letters to solicitors or typing up descriptions of properties. I work hard to deadlines and understand when a house comes to the market it needs to be advertised fully and correctly.

Melanie Baldwin

Melanie Baldwin Sales Progessor

I’m delighted to be part of such a dedicated and experienced team here at Urban & Rural in Bedford. My role is Sales Progressor and I’m here to ensure that our clients are always at the heart of what we do. With over 10 years’ experience in customer care I’ll be the one to help guide you through the buying and selling process. It can be daunting when entering the housing market, I know as I’ve experienced this first hand when buying my own property in 2016. With the help of our adaptable and approachable professionals, together we will strive to give you the very best experience and see you happily into your new home.

Glenn Harrington

Glenn Harrington Owner

I began my estate agency career with Urban & Rural following leaving school in 2006 and I have never looked back! I have worked at both our Dunstable and Flitwick branches before now co-owning the Bedford branch with Gareth. Working through a variety of market conditions has given me invaluable experience on what is required to succeed in any market place. My main role within our branch is providing potential sellers with a market appraisal of their home. This is the part of the job which I enjoy the most as I get a real insight in to what is motivating people to move and help guide them through the process from start to finish. Customer service is always our number one priority. We understand how stressful the moving process can be which is why the job we do is so important.

Alex Keeble

Alex Keeble Senior Sales Negotiator

Having started my Estate Agency career in London in 2014, I have a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the housing market and have previously worked for both independent and corporate Estate Agencies. Since moving from Hertfordshire to Bedford in 2015, I have loved working within the town and have built great understanding of the market and local knowledge. My Favourite part of my job is matching buyers to their perfect property and handing over the keys upon completion! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family & friends and as an ex-rugby player, often visit the gym to stay in shape. I am also a supporter of both the Bedford Blues & Saracens and enjoy attending matches when I can

Gareth Hughes

Gareth Hughes Owner

Having worked within estate agency for 14 years I began my career in one of the busiest towns in Bedfordshire as a sales negotiator. I quickly learned how important it is to build trust and long-term relationships with my clients. I am an all-round team player who loves to get involved within every aspect of the role and still love being very much a front-line member of the team. Having been schooled in Bedford and growing up locally I was delighted to have the opportunity to come back and work within the town.

Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward Residential Sales

Having begun my estate agency career with Urban and Rural, I have learnt and adapted new skills within the industry which has lead me to achieve multiple sales in a short period of time within the branch. My favourite part of the role is meeting new people every day from all different walks of life and backgrounds then pairing them to their perfect first or next home.

Erin Sinclair

Erin Sinclair Residential Sales

I have wanted to work in estate agency for a very long time and I am delighted to finally have the opportunity too. My favourite part of the job is helping people find their prefect homes, getting to know them along the way and understanding what is important to them. I love meeting new people so I know this is the right career for me

Shezad Ahmed

Shezad Ahmed Mortgage Advisor

An experienced advisor who works excellently with the Bedford team, Shezad prides himself on assisting clients with their financial needs when purchasing a property.

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