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Latitude: 51.8946 / 51°53'40"N
Longitude: -0.4184 / 0°25'6"W
OS Eastings: 508927
OS Northings: 222970
OS Grid: TL089229
Mapcode National: GBR TSD.BS
Mapcode Global: VHFRF.PMNX
Entry Name: Wardown Park House
Listing Date: 20 February 1981
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1321379
English Heritage Legacy ID: 35849
Location: Luton, LU2
Electoral Ward/Division: High Town
Built-Up Area: Luton
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Luton St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
5123 Wardown Park House
TL 02 SE 6/3
Substantial country house of 1876 in neo vernacular style by T C Sorby. Luton
grey bricks with light brown stone dressings, moulded red brick and terra
cotta detailing; new clay tile roof with a few fishscale survivals, also finials
and crested ridges. An irregular but compact plan of 2 storeys and attics
with a variety of gables, roof slopes and neo-Tudor chimneys, mostly in threes,
some linked and patterned.
West entrance front has portecochere in classical style. Heavy pierced parapet
with corner panels over projecting cornice. Triple fluted pilasters at external
corners with long narrow swags in between. Three external arches have six
heads in spandrels, of famous statesmen including Gladstone and Disraeli.
Mullioned and transomed central bay window above portecochere, with five flower
pattern parged panels over five lights. Jettied gable above, with prominent
moulded bargeboards, fishscale tile hanging in apex, three leaded lights in
panels of flower pattern parging. To left of portecochere is two storey bay
with three sided hipped roof having blind gablets filled with terracotta
scallops. Similar bay to right of entrance. Both have inscriptions above
first floor windows. South garden front has gable end at left hand; to its
right is a forward projecting gable with similar treatment to that over west
entrance, over a single storey bay window. At right hand is two storey bay
window. East elevation is in two parts. Left hand large gable; right hand
section has red brick bands, on left gable with projecting bargeboards arranged
as a truss, on right smaller gabled dormer with stone dressings. Now used
as Luton Museum and Art Gallery.
Listing NGR: TL0892722970
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