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Latitude: 51.9871 / 51°59'13"N
Longitude: -0.6244 / 0°37'27"W
OS Eastings: 494559
OS Northings: 232969
OS Grid: SP945329
Mapcode National: GBR F2C.BYK
Mapcode Global: VHFQY.4B80
Entry Name: Numbers 25 to 30 and Detached Outhouse Block
Listing Date: 16 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1113998
English Heritage Legacy ID: 38224
Location: Woburn, Central Bedfordshire, MK17
County: Central Bedfordshire
Civil Parish: Woburn
Built-Up Area: Woburn
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Woburn
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
SP 9432-9532 WOBURN LEIGHTON STREET
- Nos.25 to 30 (consecutive)
and detached outhouse
Row of Bedford Estate cottages erected by the 7th Duke. Dated 1851. Red
brick laid in a curious rat-trap bond. Clay tile roofs. 2 storeyed row.
Symmetrical road elevation in 6 bays, the 2 central and outer bays gabled, the
intervening bays each with a gablet. Ground and first floors each have 6
windows, all 2-light cast iron lattice casements under slightly cambered
heads. 4 plank doors under slightly cambered heads. Entrances to Nos. 25
and 30 are in side elevations and have gabled hoods on curved brackets.
Cogged eaves cornice. Red brick ridge stacks. The 7th Duke of Bedford
recognised the advantages of housing agricultural labourers in comfortable
dwellings. From the late 1840's onwards the emphasis in Bedford Estate
cottage building was on the utilitarian rather than the Picturesque, with the
early workers' cottages being remarkable for their high quality of
construction. The cottages can be seen as an influential contribution to the
development of working class housing, which culminated in the garden cities
and early council housing. The Dukes of Bedford built about 500 cottages in
the locality between the late 1840's and World War I. This row of cottages
typifies the plain but substantial dwellings of the earliest phase in this
building programme, and has similarities with designs in the 7th Duke's Plans
and Elevations. The brickwork is of particular interest as an early form of
cavity walling (of note in above work from Charles Hacker).
The (7th) Duke of Bedford: Plans and Elevations of cottages for Agricultural
Labourers, London, 1850 (reprint of letter and plans sent 1849 to Earl of
Chichester, President of Royal Agricultural Society); the (llth) Duke of
Bedford: A Great Agricultural Estate, being the story of the Origin and
Administration of Woburn and Thorney, London, 1897; Rev C H Hartshorne: The
System of building Labourers' cottages pursued on the estates of His Grace the]
Duke of Bedford, n.d. but probably 1849.
Listing NGR: SP9455932969
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