Luton Heritage Forum

Welcome To Luton Heritage Forum

Luton Heritage Forum was formed in 2011 to help protect Luton's architectural and archaeological heritage.

Our website includes details about significant buildings and other sites in Luton. Everything is listed alphabetically by street on the Sites List page and plotted on a map of Luton on the Sites Map page. On either page you can click on a site to view more information about it.

The sites or buildings on this website are either from the Draft Local List (Proposed New Local List of Heritage Assets) or the National List (Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest). The information from both lists has been provided by Luton Borough Council.

Each site on the Draft Local or National List has its own Site Record page. This gives details about the site itself and pinpoints it on a map and aerial view. Nearby sites are also listed, so you can easily view their Site Record pages. There are also links to other websites, such as the Francis Frith site which includes old photographs of some of the buildings.

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Proposed New Local List of Heritage Assets

This website includes the draft list of buildings which are of special local, architectural or historic interest to Luton. The Local List recognises heritage assets that contribute to Luton’s history, streetscape, character and identity. However, unlike buildings on the Statutory List, being included on the Local List does not provide any statutory protection against demolition or alteration.

Buildings on the Local List meet one or more of the following criteria :

Architectural, Aesthetic and Artistic Interest
The style, form, design and type of construction is of interest. It may be unusual or may be a good example of a typical building in the locality.

Historic Interest
The structure forms a significant part of the development of a town or locality. The asset provides evidence about past human activity.

Group Value and Contribution to Built Environment
The building forms an important component of a particular street, lending its structure variety or particular quality.

Association with Individuals or Events of Special Local Value
The identity, coherence or distinctiveness of a place held as a collective experience or memory.

Please note that this list has yet to be formally adopted by Luton Borough Council and may be subject to change.

If you have any comments or can provide further information about any of the sites, please contact us using one of our comments forms. There is a form on each of the Site Record pages. You can also email us at with your comments.

Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest

A "listed" building is considered as being of 'special architectural or historic interest'. Recommendations for listing are provided by English Heritage to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Once the Secretary of State has designated a building as being "listed" it is legally protected against unauthorised demolition, alteration or extension.

There are three levels of listing, with Grade I being the highest :

Grade I - buildings of exceptional interest
Grade II* - particularly important buildings of more than special interest
Grade II - of special interest, justifying every effort to preserve them

The vast majority (92%) of listed buildings in England are Grade II listed. Luton does one Grade I listed building: The Parish Church of St Mary, in Church Street.

If a building is on the Statutory List, it doesn't need to be on the local list as well.

Conservation Areas in Luton

Luton has five conservation areas, High Town, Plaiters' Lea, Town Centre, Rothesay and Luton South. You can use the links to view each conservation area marked on an aerial view. Maps of the conservation areas can be downloaded from the Luton Borough Council website via our downloads page.

Glossaries of Architectural Terms

The descriptions on this site contain a number of architectural terms - but if you don't know your architrave from your elevation, here are some links to help you :

Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission - Glossary of Architectural Terms

Ontario Architecture - Glossary of Building Terms (with photos)

Wandsworth Council's Glossary of Architectural and Building terms (PDF)

History of Luton

Frederick Davis's 1855 book The History of Luton with its Hamlets Etc. has been digitised by Google Books. The entire book can now be viewed and searched on our website by clicking the above link. You can also view it on the Google Books website.

Contact us

If you have additional information, corrections or comments about any of the buildings on this website we would like to hear from you. You can contact us by emailing or by using one of the forms on the Site Record pages.

Links to other websites and free documents to download

Our Links page includes a set of links to websites you may find interesting or useful. Please let us know if there are other websites you think should be included.

There are a number of documents you can download for free on our Downloads page. These include maps of Luton's five conservation areas, planning documents relating to the High Town East Village, lists of resources at Luton Central Library, Museum publications from Luton Culture, and reports by English Heritage.


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