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Bedfordview is a medium-sized suburb of Johannesburg, forming part of the Gauteng province of South Africa.
A fairly affluent area, the suburb is noted for its upmarket homes, located within quiet, leafy residential areas. It is also a popular stopping point for tourists and visitors to the city, due to its location close to the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Bedfordview has some historical and cultural significance for the city itself, being one of its oldest suburbs, and in recent years has become a focal point for the city’s regeneration and integration projects.
The Bedfordview area, like much of the surrounding country, was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes before their displacement by European settlers in the early nineteenth century. The first of these settlers established a farm in the region, known as Elandsfontein, which covered most of what would later become known as the Bedfordview area. During this period, it formed a part of the District of Potchefstroom within the larger South African Republic.
The discovery of gold at the nearby Witwatersrand reef had a large impact on the development of the Bedfordview area. The Elandsfontein farm was purchased for its mineral rights, and later subdivided into various smallholdings and settlements for retired mineworkers. At this time, the area became known as Geldenhuis. Sir George Herbert Farrar, and English randlord, became the owner of one of these farms, which he named Bedford after his hometown. Farrar would go on to play a key role in the infamous Jameson Raid, one of the events that sparked off the Second Anglo-Boer War, and much of the planning for this raid took place in a house near the farm itself.
In 1926, a competition was held to decide the name of the town, which had grown considerably since its foundation. A local girl won with the submission of Bedford View, which over the years contracted into a single word. By 1932, the town had developed even further, but still had significant sanitation problems. As a result of these and other issues with the town’s infrastructure, the town eventually joined with Germiston and Palm Ridge to form a municipality, and was later incorporated into the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Bedfordview is located on Gauteng’s East Rand, about a fifteen-minute drive from the Johannesburg city center, and in close proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Notable suburbs that form a part of the town include St. Andrews, Morninghill, and Essexwold.
Bedfordview is home to a number of notable landmarks both historical and modern. Gillooly’s farm is a popular urban plantation that attracts regular visitors, while the Bruma Lake flea market is a central trading location. The expansive Eastgate shopping centre, one of the largest in the region, is also located in Bedfordview.
Bedfordview is home to approximately 13,959 people, at a population density of around 1300 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is White, with English being the most commonly spoken first language.