The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"BEDFORD, a township in the parish of Leigh, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancashire, 1 mile from Leigh. The Bolton and Kenyon Junction railway runs near it. The workpeople are chiefly employed in the cotton manufactures. Good limestone is obtained here, which is much used for subaqueous works. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Leigh. The Wesleyans have a chapel here. Bedford Hall is in the neighbourhood."