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Latitude: 51.9903 / 51°59'25"N
Longitude: -0.6202 / 0°37'12"W
OS Eastings: 494839
OS Northings: 233327
OS Grid: SP948333
Mapcode National: GBR F2D.023
Mapcode Global: VHFQY.67GK
Entry Name: 36 and 37, Bedford Street
Listing Date: 16 March 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1321693
English Heritage Legacy ID: 38200
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 BEDFORD STREET (West Side)
- Nos 36 and 37
Pair of Bedford Estate cottages, erected by the 7th Duke. Dated 1847. Red
brick, with dressings in lighter brick. C20 tile roofs. 2 storeyed L-plan.
Road elevation: RH block (No. 36) has 2 3-light windows to ground floor and 2
2-light windows under gables to first floor. All are casements, with gazing
bars and wood mullions, under gauged brick flat heads. Off-centre doorway
also has gauged brick flat head and a dripstone. Door of 3 vertical panels.
LH gable (No. 37) has 3-light window to ground floor, and 2-light window to
first floor, similar to those in RH block. S elevation : windows similar to
road elevation and entrance to No. 37. One ridge stack and one chimney stack
to N wall of No. 37. 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 displayed in workers' cottages of such early date. They also
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 about 500 cottages in the locality between the
late 1840's and World War I. This pair of cottages is a good example of the
earliest phase in this building period, and are similar to designs in 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 (llth) 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
System of building Labourers' Cottages pursued on the estates of His Grace the]
Duke of' Bedford, nd. but apparently 1849.
Listing NGR: SP9483933327
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