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Latitude: 51.9802 / 51°58'48"N
Longitude: -0.2201 / 0°13'12"W
OS Eastings: 522341
OS Northings: 232798
OS Grid: TL223327
Mapcode National: GBR J6W.Z07
Mapcode Global: VHGNM.4HHB
Entry Name: Birds Hill Estate
Listing Date: 7 September 1979
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1347664
English Heritage Legacy ID: 161902
Location: North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, SG6
District: North Hertfordshire
Electoral Ward/Division: Letchworth East
Parish: Letchworth Garden City
Built-Up Area: Letchworth Garden City
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Letchworth St Paul
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
Birds Hill Estate
Nos 2 to 122 (even)
TL 2232 9/102-114
1906 by B Parker and R Unwin. This pioneer estate was designed for the Garden
City Tenants Limited, and comprises 13 grouped terraces forming a cul-de-sac
and village green layout. One and a half storeys. Mostly one window each
with irregular frontages varied by arrangements of large and small dormers
and gables. Tiled roofs with multi-form brick stacks. The centre feature
of the village green layout is a giant gable taking up Nos 100 and 102. Roughcast
walls. Mullioned casement windows with tile labels and glazing bars (some
windows altered). Recessed entrances with arched doorways. Included as the
earliest estate layout of its type, and the prototype of all future council
house developments in the country. The concept of a village green layout was
put forward in 1898/9 and published by Parker and Unwin in "The Art of Building
a House". The Westholm scheme (qv) was also based on this idea.
Listing NGR: TL2234132798
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