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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1245306
English Heritage Legacy ID: 468759
Location: North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG6
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
TL 2234 LETCHWORTH CROFT LANE
948/5/10003 Nos.5 AND 7
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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