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The Bedford, built as a hotel in the Victorian period, and was later used as a convalescent home for Railwaymen, during the Second World War. It later opened it's doors as a residential home for people with Cerebral Palsy in 1964 run by Scope, formally known as The Spastic Society. Over the years The Bedford has changed, the workshops no longer exist and that part of the building is used for recreation, training and as an outreach resource for the University of Derby (High Peak College.) The Bedford is now fully registered with Derbyshire County Council for 31 Clients, two of which are set aside for Respite Care, and 10 Day Care places.