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Latitude: 51.8777 / 51°52'39"N
Longitude: -0.4148 / 0°24'53"W
OS Eastings: 509216
OS Northings: 221086
OS Grid: TL092210
Mapcode National: GBR TSY.XL
Mapcode Global: VHFRM.R2KF
Entry Name: Red Lion Hotel
Listing Date: 20 February 1981
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1138335
English Heritage Legacy ID: 35794
Location: Luton, LU1
Electoral Ward/Division: South
Built-Up Area: Luton
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Luton
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
5123 (west side)
Red Lion Hotel
TL 0921 2/34
Complex group of late C19 and Edwardian buildings. Main building is on corner
of Castle and George Streets, and is in florid Edwardian style. Stucco faced
with hipped Welsh slate roof. Two storeys, panelled parapet divided into
bays by plain pilasters; heavy moulded dentil eaves course. Three window
bays face Castle Street, and 4 George Street, divided by rounded corner bay.
Seven first floor windows are sashes with slightly arched heads, architrave
surrounds, keystones and quoins. The bays are separated by Corinthian pilasters
decorated with a single lozenge motif. In the corner bay is a moulded red
lion rampant. The ground floor has a continuous cornice and fascia with tall
windows again separated by pilasters, this time decorated with a circle.
Above the corner window is a segmental pediment decorated with a carved flower
and leaf design. To George Street, the right hand bay has a carriage entrance
opening into the old coaching inn courtyard flanked by earlier buildings now
substantially altered. These are of colourwashed brick and render with old
clay tile roofs, and are only of one storey and attics. To the Castle Street
frontage is a range of buildings constructed of Luton grey bricks with some
stone dressings. A low 2-storey range adjoins the florid Edwardian front,
and has 3 sash windows with glazing bars and gauged brick heads to each storey.
Adjacent to this is a taller 2-storey wing topped by a triangular pediment.
Two first floor sash windows and cill band. The ground floor casements are
flanked by plain brick pilasters with decorated stone pediments above the
capitals. There is a cornice above the windows opening into a semi-circular
arch above the central one. The arch is filled with a scallop pattern and
a cartouche bearing the date 1881. Adjoining the Edwardian section on the
George Street frontage is, by contrast, a delicately detailed mid-Victorian
building. Now of colourwashed brick, it has a Welsh slate roof behind plain
parapets. Three storeys. Both first and second floors have 3 sash windows
with glazing bars and gauged brick heads. The ground floor has to the right-hand
side a doorway with decorated fanlight in a surround of delicate fluted pilasters,
entablature, dentil frieze and cornice. The window has similar pilasters
with a decorated frieze across the top of the window, level with the capitals.
Above is a deep entablature and shallow cornice.
Listing NGR: TL0921621086
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