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5 and 7, Croft Lane

A Grade II Listed Building in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9924 / 51°59'32"N

Longitude: -0.2188 / 0°13'7"W

OS Eastings: 522394

OS Northings: 234153

OS Grid: TL223341

Mapcode National: GBR J6W.5GK

Mapcode Global: VHGNM.5650

Entry Name: 5 and 7, Croft Lane

Listing Date: 4 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1245306

English Heritage Legacy ID: 468759

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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Listing Text

TL 2234 LETCHWORTH CROFT LANE
(North side)

948/5/10003 Nos.5 AND 7

- II

A pair of semi-detached cottages. 1905-6 with late C20 alterations and additions. By Geoffrey Lucas, architect. Roughcast walls on a brick plinth, plain tile roof covering and 2 brick ridge stacks with decorative capping courses. PLAN: linear range with weatherboarded offshut to front forming back-to-back entrance porches. EXTERIOR: front (south) elevation; one-and-a-half storeys, 3 bays, with central weatherboarded lean-to offshut, flanked by 4-light side-hung casement windows with glazing bars, one to each cottage. Offshut has 2 small 4-pane pivot windows, and doorways in the returns, No.7 (right) with original plank door and frame. First floor with 3 wide gabled dormer windows, with weatherboarded apexes. The centre dormer is shared, and has coupled 2-light casements. The outer dormers have tripartite casements, arranged 1:2:1, the central lights fixed. The rear of No.7 has a late C20 conservatory. INTERIORS: No.5 retains original fittings, including plank doors with contemporary ironmongery, a winder stair with plain balusters, and fitted bedroom cupboards. The cottages were built in the earliest phase of development of the Letchworth Garden City, and clearly demonstrate, by means of their size, plan form and detailing, the aim of providing affordable small-scale housing. Geoffrey Lucas was awarded the prize for the grouped cottages category in the Cheap Cottage Exhibition of 1905, organised to demonstrate how affordable housing could be provided for the rural worker.

Listing NGR: TL2239434153

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