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Latitude: 52.0116 / 52°0'41"N
Longitude: -0.6004 / 0°36'1"W
OS Eastings: 496155
OS Northings: 235721
OS Grid: SP961357
Mapcode National: GBR F20.YV6
Mapcode Global: VHFQR.JPYS
Entry Name: Number 1 and Detached Outhouse
Listing Date: 22 January 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1114040
English Heritage Legacy ID: 38326
Location: Husborne Crawley, Central Bedfordshire, MK43
County: Central Bedfordshire
Civil Parish: Husborne Crawley
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Husborne Crawley
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
No. 1 and detached outhouse
(Formerly listed under RIDGMONT ROAD)
Bedford estate cottage erected by the 7th Duke. Dated 1850. Red brick laid
in rat-trap bond. C20 tile roofs. Compact one storey and attics block. SE
elevation: RH slightly projecting gable, brick porch within angle. Gable has
one 2-light window per floor, LH block has one single light to ground floor.
All are cast iron lattice casements under slightly cambered heads. Porch has
4-centred archway. SW elevation: double gabled, each gable with one 2-light
lattice casement per floor. Cogged eaves cornices. Red brick double ridge
The 7th Duke of Bedford recognised the benefits 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. The cottages are remarkable for the high quality of construction
at such an early date. They represent 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 1840's and World War I. This cottage is typical of the
plain but substantial dwellings of the earliest phase in this building
programme, and is similar to designs in the 7th Duke's Plans and Elevations.
The brickwork is an interesting example of early cavity walling (cf note by
Charles Hacker in above work).
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: SP9615535721
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