New Bedford development inspired by Military Musician Glenn Miller

25 April 2018

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The UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, has announced the launch of its new Retirement Living development on High View in Bedford, Miller Place, which has been named in honour of Military Musician Glenn Miller.

American musician and band-leader, Glenn Miller, led an Army Air Force Band in the early 1940’s. After gaining popularity in New York City, Miller and his 50-piece band visited England in the summer of 1944, where they gave over 800 performances.

During Miller's stay in England, the band relocated to Bedford after a bomb landed near their original location at BBC Radio London Offices. The Army Air Force Band often played at the Bedford Corn Exchange, where a bust of Miller now stands to commemorate the musician. Miller and his wife Helen spent their spare time at Bedford airfield right until his disappearance in December 1944. The airfield now houses the Glenn Miller museum.

Stephen Rolt, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy and Stone North London, said: “We wanted to choose a name for our Bedford Retirement Living development that is not only memorable, but would also resonate with local people and future McCarthy and Stone homeowners. Our chosen name, Miller Place, will serve as a celebration of the life and talent of Glenn Miller, and his close links with Bedford – a topic future homeowners will be extremely interested in.”

Currently under construction, a computer generated image has been released to show how Miller Place will look when complete. Comprising 34 Retirement Living apartments for the over 60’s, Miller Place will offer Bedford retirees the opportunity to downsize and maintain an active, independent lifestyle, surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The development will feature a Club Lounge, ideal for socialising with new-found friends, a Guest Suite for when homeowners have visitors to stay, and beautifully maintained gardens.  A House Manager will take care of the day-to-day running of Miller Place, while secure entry systems and 24-hour emergency call points will provide added peace-of-mind.

Located in the small county of Bedford, future homeowners at Miller Place will benefit from being within close proximity of Oxford, Cambridge and London. Bedford boasts beautiful views of the River Great Ouse and remains of the town’s medieval castle, Bedford Castle Mound.  

More than 90% of customers would recommend McCarthy and Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the maximum Five Star award for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders’ Federation for 12 years running.  It is the only UK house builder of any size or type to achieve a Five Star award during every year of the HBF’s awards.

To find out more about Retirement Living in Bedford, please contact McCarthy and Stone on 0800 201 4741 or visit