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9 and 11, High Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Ridgmont, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 52.0119 / 52°0'42"N

Longitude: -0.5827 / 0°34'57"W

OS Eastings: 497368

OS Northings: 235782

OS Grid: SP973357

Mapcode National: GBR F21.X2W

Mapcode Global: VHFQR.VP9H

Entry Name: 9 and 11, High Street

Listing Date: 6 February 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1114053

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38366

Location: Ridgmont, Central Bedfordshire, MK43

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Ridgmont

Built-Up Area: Ridgmont

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Ridgmont

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

SP 9735
13/69 Nos 9 and 11

Pair of Bedford Estate cottages erected by the 8th Duke. Dated 1862. Mottled
pink brick with red brick dressings. Clay tile roofs. 2 storeyed compact
block with gables projecting from 2 principal elevations (S and E). These
gables each have a canted bay window to ground floor. Elsewhere windows are
of 2 lights under gauged brick flat heads. First floor window to S elevation
RH block is beneath a gablet. All contain cast iron lattice casements.
Entrances are within angles formed by projecting gables. Plank doors
sheltered by porches with gauged brick round-headed arches. Deep eaves and
verges have moulded drop finials. Red brick multiple ridge stack.
The 7th Duke of Bedford and his successors recognised the advantages of
housing agricultural workers in comfortable dwellings. From the late 1840's
onwards the emphasis in Bedford Estate cottage building was on the utilitarian
rather than the Picturesque. For labourers' cottages of such an early date the
quality of construction is remarkably high. 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 constructed roughly 500 cottages in the locality between the late
1840's and World War I. This pair of cottages is similar in designs in 7th
Duke's Plans and Elevations. The increased use of ornament like that
suggested in plan 7 is due to the building's siting near an entrance lodge to
Woburn Park.
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
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 apparently 1849.

Listing NGR: SP9736835782

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