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Central Bedfordshire (Unitary Authority)
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SP 95785 33279


SP 9433-9533 WOBURN WOBURN PARK 8/190 Nos 5 and 6 Park Farm Cottages GV II Pair of Bedford Estate Cottages. Probably 1860's for the 7th Duke. Red brick, with light red brick dressings. C20 tile roofs. 2 storeys. Irregular plan. Casement windows with timber mullions of 2 and 3 lights to round floor, mostly of 2 lights to first floor. All are under gauged brick flat arches those to ground floor with simple dripmoulds. First floor windows of front block rise slightly above eaves level, LH one in small 2-storeyed projecting gable, RH one under gabled dormer. Plank doors under gauged brick flat heads. Dentil eaves cornice. 2 multiple chimney stacks with diagonal shafts linked by moulded bases and caps. 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 an early date and were an influential contribution to the development of working-class housing. This particular block, although somewhat later than nos. 3 and 4, is included as an example of the rather plainer type. 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 System of building labourers' cottages pursued on the estates of His Grace the Duke of Bedford.n.d but probably 1849.

Listing NGR: SP9578533279


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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)
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 2 Bedfordshire,
The 7th Duke of Bedford, Plans and Elevations of Cottages for Agricultural Labourers, (1850)


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

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