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31-33, Bedford Street

A Grade II Listed Building in Woburn, Central Bedfordshire

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Latitude: 51.9906 / 51°59'26"N

Longitude: -0.6205 / 0°37'13"W

OS Eastings: 494822

OS Northings: 233357

OS Grid: SP948333

Mapcode National: GBR F2C.5YF

Mapcode Global: VHFQY.67BC

Entry Name: 31-33, Bedford Street

Listing Date: 16 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1113986

English Heritage Legacy ID: 38198

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

SP 9433-9533 WOBURN BEDFORD STREET (West Side)
- Nos 31 to 33 (consecutive)
Pair of Bedford Estate cottages, erected by the 7th Duke. Dated 1860. Light
red mottled brick. C20 tiled roof. 2 storeyed row with 2 gables flanking a
central gablet. Ground floor has 3 3-light windows, first floor has 2 2-light
windows beneath LH gable and one 3-light window each beneath gablet and RH
gable. All are small-paned casements in timber mullioned surrounds, under
gauged brick flat heads. 2 doorways, one to LH, and one to RH of central
section. Each has door of 3 vertical panels under gauged brick flat head with
dripstone above. 2 red brick multiple ridge stacks. The 7th Duke of Bedford
recognised the advantages of housing agricultural labourers in comfortable
cottages. From the late 1840's onwards the emphasis in Bedford Estate cottage
building was on the utilitarian rather than the Picturesque. The cottages are
remarkable for the high quality of construction of humble dwellings at such an
early date. They represent an influential contribution to the development of
working class housing which culminated in garden cities and early council
housing. The Dukes of Bedford constructed roughly 500 cottages in the
locality between the late 1840's and World War I. This cottage group is
similar to cottages in the 7th Duke's Plans and Elevations, and is included
for its group value.
The (7th) Duke of Bedford: Plans and Elevations of Cottages for Agricultural
Labourers, London, 1850, reprint of letter and plans sent 1849 to Earl of
Chichester, President of Royal Agricultural Society; the (11th) Duke of
Bedford: A Great Agricultural Estate, Being the Story of the Origin and
Administration of Woburn and Thorney, London, 1897; Rev C Hartshorne : The
System of building Labourers' cottages pursued on the Estates of His Grace the]
Duke of Bedford, nd. but apparently 1849.

Listing NGR: SP9482233357

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