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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1114040



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Central Bedfordshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Husborne Crawley

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 22-Jan-1986

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 38326

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SP 9635 13/29

HUSBORNE CRAWLEY, MILL ROAD, No. 1 and detached outhouse

(Formerly listed under RIDGMONT ROAD)



Bedford estate cottage erected by the 7th Duke. Dated 1850. Red brick laid in rat-trap bond. C20 tile roofs. Compact one storey and attics block. SE elevation: RH slightly projecting gable, brick porch within angle. Gable has one 2-light window per floor, LH block has one single light to ground floor. All are cast iron lattice casements under slightly cambered heads. Porch has 4-centred archway. SW elevation: double gabled, each gable with one 2-light lattice casement per floor. Cogged eaves cornices. Red brick double ridge stack. The 7th Duke of Bedford recognised the benefits of housing agricultural labourers in comfortable dwellings. 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 at such an early date. They represent an influential contribution to the development of working class housing which culminated in the garden cities and early council housing. The Dukes of Bedford built about 500 cottages in the locality between the 1840's and World War I. This cottage is typical of the plain but substantial dwellings of the earliest phase in this building programme, and is similar to designs in the 7th Duke's Plans and Elevations. The brickwork is an interesting example of early cavity walling (cf note by Charles Hacker in above work). 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, n.d. but probably 1849.

Listing NGR: SP9615535721

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Hartshorne, Reverend C H, The System of Building Labourers Cottages pursued on the Estates of his Grace the Duke of Bedford, (1849)
The 11th Duke of Bedford, , A Great Agricultural Estate being the Story of the Origin and Administration of Woburn and Thorney, (1897)
The 7th Duke of Bedford, Plans and Elevations of Cottages for Agricultural Labourers, (1850)

National Grid Reference: SP 96155 35721


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