High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
The Dunstable High Street Heritage Action Zone will generate significant community engagement and celebrate Dunstable's rich history and heritage.
It will lead to an improvement in local aesthetics, an increase in footfall to the area, a more stable business environment, reduced vacancy rates and the removal of Priory House from the Heritage at Risk Register plus the securing of a Green Heritage Flag for Priory Gardens.
The Dunstable High Street Heritage Action Zone is focussed on Middle Row and the north end of High Street South within the Dunstable Town Centre Conservation Area. It contains 11 listed buildings including the 18th century Grade II* listed Priory House and Gardens which is on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register and the nationally important buried remains of the 12th century Priory which are protected as a scheduled monument.
The main objective is to bring a sense of pride and vitality back into the neglected historic core of Dunstable's High Street. Historic buildings in the area are considered to be at risk of falling into disrepair within the next five years if left to deteriorate. The local community sees Middle Row as the oldest part of the high street and conservation area but also believe the area to be the most neglected and most in need of investment.
The Dunstable High Street Heritage Action Zone will bring life and a sense of pride back into the neglected historical core of Dunstable's High Street, primarily High Street South and Middle Row, through repair and conservation interventions, community engagement and cultural programming.
Below you can find just some of the progress being made in the Dunstable High Street Heritage Action Zone. For more, follow us on Twitter @HistoricEngland
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