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Latitude: 51.9899 / 51°59'23"N
Longitude: -0.6069 / 0°36'24"W
OS Eastings: 495752
OS Northings: 233296
OS Grid: SP957332
Mapcode National: GBR F2D.9C1
Mapcode Global: VHFQY.F7HX
Entry Name: Park Farm Cottages
Listing Date: 16 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1114022
English Heritage Legacy ID: 38285
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
SP 9433-9533 WOBURN WOBURN PARK
8/189 Nos. 3 and 4 Park Farm
Pair of Bedford estate cottages. Probably erected by the 7th Duke in the
later 1840's. Red brick with ashlar dressings. C20 tile roofs.
Asymmetrical plan, one storey and attics. Picturesque Tudor style. 2 and
3-light mullioned windows, with cast iron lattice casements and moulded
dripstones. W and E elevations have gabled porches with moulded 4-centred
arches and stone coped gables with finials. Ashlar quoins to all angles.
Variety of chimney stacks, one projecting from N elevation, others to ridges.
Paired diagonal shafts with moulded bases and caps. Dentil cornices to
Although Picturesque in detail, these cottages also belong to the
'utilitarian' phase of Bedford Estate building begun in the late 1840's (and
ending with World War I, by which time approximately 500 cottages had been
built in the area). The 7th Duke had been one of the first to recognise the
advantages of housing agricultural labourers in dwellings which were
comfortable and practical rather than purely ornamental, and the
constructional quality of these early buildings is remarkably high. The
ornamental detailing may be partly due to the siting of the building within
Woburn Park near the Park Farm complex, and has similarities with that in plan
7 of the 7th Duke's Plans and Elevations).
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 H Hartshorne: The
systen of building Labourers' cottages pursued on the estates of His Grace the]
Duke of Bedford, n.d. but probably 1849.
Listing NGR: SP9575233296
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