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158, Wilbury Road

A Grade II* Listed Building in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9884 / 51°59'18"N

Longitude: -0.2266 / 0°13'35"W

OS Eastings: 521873

OS Northings: 233701

OS Grid: TL218337

Mapcode National: GBR J6W.9K1

Mapcode Global: VHGNM.1921

Plus Code: 9C3XXQQF+99

Entry Name: 158, Wilbury Road

Listing Date: 7 September 1979

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1174901

English Heritage Legacy ID: 161925

Location: North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG6

County: Hertfordshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Letchworth Grange

Built-Up Area: Letchworth Garden City

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire

Church of England Parish: Norton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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No 158
TL 2133 6/156
1905 by John A Brodie. One of the most significant of the early Letchworth
buildings both for its style and its construction. The flat roof and plain
surfaces suggest affinities with pioneering work of the International Style,
but the incipient classical detailing and fenestration link it to Art Nouveau
and in particular Garniers 'Cite Industrielle'; The building is radically
constructed using precast, reinforced concrete panels, floor and roofing elements,
with the joinery cast in-situ. Two storeys. One window with recessed one
window entrance bay. Conservatory extension on west side. Flat or slightly
pitched roof with tall, decorated red chimney pots. Bracketted cornice with
Greek fret frieze and blocking course. Architraved 2 and 3 light casement
windows with cornices and glazing bars; first floor with oriel window. Corner
entrance with flat roofed verandah carried on square column. The catalogue
of the 1905 Cheap Cottage Exhibition states "This system of building was originally
designed by Mr Brodie with the special object of providing a thoroughly sanitary
and economical building, suitable in every way for the housing of the poorest
classes displaced owing to the demolition of insanitary areas in Liverpool.
The benefits of the system can be most fully obtained where the work to be
carried out is on a considerable scale, and where approximate repetition in
size of slabs is possible." (Brodie was City Engineer of Liverpool). Graded
II*, as one of the earliest completely prefabricated systems in reinforced
concrete in this country and one of the earliest in existence for domestic

Listing NGR: TL2187333701

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