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Park Farm Mill and Granary, Now Forming North West Block of Bloomsbury Stud

A Grade II Listed Building in Woburn, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9898 / 51°59'23"N

Longitude: -0.6043 / 0°36'15"W

OS Eastings: 495931

OS Northings: 233287

OS Grid: SP959332

Mapcode National: GBR F2D.B03

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.G7WZ

Entry Name: Park Farm Mill and Granary, Now Forming North West Block of Bloomsbury Stud

Listing Date: 23 January 1961

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321671

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38281

Location: Woburn, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Woburn

Built-Up Area: Woburn

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Woburn

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

23.1.61 Park Farm Mill and
Granary, now forming NW
block of Bloomsbury Stud
Former mill and granary belonging to Park Farm, a model farm begun 1795 by
Robert Salmon, resident architect and 'mechanist' to the estate, for Francis,
5th Duke of Bedford. Damaged by fire 1834, after which it was rebuilt and
extended. Mottled red brick, with dressings mostly in gauged yellow bricks.
Slate roofs. Main rectangular block is 2-storeyed, with single-storeyed
block projecting to N. Slightly rustic Neo-classical style. W elevation:
asymmetrical arrangement. 2-storeyed main block has hipped roof to RH end.
2 slightly projecting gables of 2 storeys and attics, one to LH end, other
off-centre. Gables have doorways with flanking sidelights. These
sidelights, the semi-circular gable attic windows and the 3-light casements
elsewhere have ornamental geometric glazing bars. LH gable door part-glazed.
Block between gables has single door to ground floor, double door to first
floor, RH gable has double doors to both floors, all plank doors. To L of
main block is single-storeyed block with plank door and 3-light casement.
Deep eaves and verges with moulded timber cornices. Interior: retains mill
machinery, probably C19 replacement of that originally designed by Salmon.
Also, a 25 h.p. gas engine of 1895 by Crossley Brothers of Manchester. None
of machinery now in use. The 5th Duke was greatly interested in estate
management and agricultural developments. Park Farm was intended as a place
to demonstrate new agricultural technology, and was the setting for the annual
Woburn Sheep Shearing, depicted in George Garrard's painting of 1804 and
engraving of the same subject.
Bedfordshire Record Office: R Box 818 bundle 18/4-12, plans and elevations of
mill ranging from late C18 to later C19;
H Howes, Bedfordshire Mills Bedfordshire County Council, 1963, p.65;
J M Robinson, "Farming on a Princely Scale: Estate buildings of the 5th and
6th Dukes of Bedford at Woburn 1787-1839",
Architectural Review,November 1976, pp 276-279.

Listing NGR: SP9593133287

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