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Birds Hill Estate, Letchworth Garden City

Description: Birds Hill Estate

Grade: II
Date Listed: 7 September 1979
English Heritage Building ID: 161902

OS Grid Reference: TL2234132798
OS Grid Coordinates: 522341, 232798
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9802, -0.2201

Location: 74 Ridge Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG6 1PN

Locality: Letchworth Garden City
Local Authority: North Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG6 1PN

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Listing Text

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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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