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London Lodge, Gateway and Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Milton Bryan, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9682 / 51°58'5"N

Longitude: -0.5992 / 0°35'56"W

OS Eastings: 496333

OS Northings: 230890

OS Grid: SP963308

Mapcode National: GBR F2L.KBX

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.KSLL

Entry Name: London Lodge, Gateway and Walls

Listing Date: 23 January 1961

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1311905

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38161

Location: Milton Bryan, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Milton Bryan

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Milton Bryan

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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12/59 London Lodge, gateway and
23.1.61 walls
- II*
Entrance lodge, gateway and screen walls belonging to Woburn Abbey. Straddles
the boundary between the parishes of Milton Bryan and Potsgrove. 1805-10.
apparently either a collaboration between Henry Holland and Humphry Repton,
or a design by Holland based on Repton's ideas. For John 6th Duke of Bedford.
Ashlar, partly Totternhoe clunch, partly Portland stone. Carving by Lancelot
Wood. A concave structure approximately 100 metres wide, consisting of
central gateway flanked by symmetrical stretches of tall curved walling.
Lodge cottage forms part of and is hidden by LH wall, having small sash cut
into wall. Gateway: tall central carriage arch flanked by smaller pedestrian
arches, with semi-circular heads and containing cast iron gates with lattice
panels. Between and flanking the arches are 4 giant order Ionic columns on
pedestals. Entablature breaks forward over columns. Centre of entablature is
surmounted by rectangular panel with carved relief of Bedford achievement of
arms, and showing 1810, the completion date. This is flanked by pilasters in
line with columns below and by carved volutes. Surmounting this panel is
smaller one with carved crest, also flanked by volutes. Gateway is flanked by
2 rectangular blocks. Lower part of these and of gateway is rusticated.
Halls: terminate close to road in rectangular blocks similar to those flanking
gateway. Walling itself consists of panels separated by rusticated pilasters,
11 to each stretch of wall.
Bedfordshire Record Office: CRT 130 Wob 42, Notes on London Entrance and Park
Wall, Woburn Abbey, compiled by Marie P C Draper, Archivist to Bedford
Estates, 1983.

Listing NGR: SP9633330890

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