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Wardown Park House

A Grade II Listed Building in High Town, Luton

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Latitude: 51.8946 / 51°53'40"N

Longitude: -0.4184 / 0°25'6"W

OS Eastings: 508927

OS Northings: 222970

OS Grid: TL089229

Mapcode National: GBR TSD.BS

Mapcode Global: VHFRF.PMNX

Plus Code: 9C3XVHVJ+VJ

Entry Name: Wardown Park House

Listing Date: 20 February 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321379

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35849

Also known as: Wardown House Museum and Gallery
Wardown House, Museum & Gallery
Luton Museum & Art Gallery
Luton Museum and Art Gallery
Luton Museum
Luton Art Gallery

ID on this website: 101321379

Location: Wardown Park, Biscot, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2

County: Luton

Electoral Ward/Division: High Town

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Luton

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Luton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

Tagged with: Local museum Historic house Independent museum

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5123 Wardown Park House
TL 02 SE 6/3

Substantial country house of 1876 in neo vernacular style by T C Sorby. Luton
grey bricks with light brown stone dressings, moulded red brick and terra
cotta detailing; new clay tile roof with a few fishscale survivals, also finials
and crested ridges. An irregular but compact plan of 2 storeys and attics
with a variety of gables, roof slopes and neo-Tudor chimneys, mostly in threes,
some linked and patterned.
West entrance front has portecochere in classical style. Heavy pierced parapet
with corner panels over projecting cornice. Triple fluted pilasters at external
corners with long narrow swags in between. Three external arches have six
heads in spandrels, of famous statesmen including Gladstone and Disraeli.
Mullioned and transomed central bay window above portecochere, with five flower
pattern parged panels over five lights. Jettied gable above, with prominent
moulded bargeboards, fishscale tile hanging in apex, three leaded lights in
panels of flower pattern parging. To left of portecochere is two storey bay
with three sided hipped roof having blind gablets filled with terracotta
scallops. Similar bay to right of entrance. Both have inscriptions above
first floor windows. South garden front has gable end at left hand; to its
right is a forward projecting gable with similar treatment to that over west
entrance, over a single storey bay window. At right hand is two storey bay
window. East elevation is in two parts. Left hand large gable; right hand
section has red brick bands, on left gable with projecting bargeboards arranged
as a truss, on right smaller gabled dormer with stone dressings. Now used
as Luton Museum and Art Gallery.

Listing NGR: TL0892722970

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