1868 – Middle Class College, Bedford, Bedfordshire

Architect: Frederick Peck


From The Building News: “THIS building is now being erected at Bedford. The college is arranged to accomodate 300 boys. It is a red brick building, with (stone dressings to windows. The building faces the high road, and will be seen from all the railways entering Bedford. A separate residence for tho head master is provided, and arrangements are made for the under-masters and domestic servants. The college is supported by the Duke of Bedford. Lord Cowper, and other influential gentlemen of the county ; and it is intended to board and educate the sons of the middleclasses for the annual payment of £25.

The building has been designed by Mr. Frederick Peck, and is being erected by Mr. William Huddleston, of Lincoln. The cost of the college, exclusive of fittings, is £12,000. It should be added that a competition was invited, that about fifty competitors sent in designs, and that those of Mr. Peck were selected.