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Red Lion Hotel

Address : Castle Street, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0921621086

Site Status : Grade II listed

Conservation Area : This is in the Town Centre conservation area

Statutory List Description : Complex group of late C19 and Edwardian buildings. Main building is on corner of Castle and George Streets, and is in florid Edwardian style. Stucco faced with hipped Welsh slate roof. Two storeys, panelled parapet divided into bays by plain pilasters; heavy moulded dentil eaves course. Three window bays face Castle Street, and 4 George Street, divided by rounded corner bay. Seven first floor windows are sashes with slightly arched heads, architrave surrounds, keystones and quoins. The bays are separated by Corinthian pilasters decorated with a single lozenge motif. In the corner bay is a moulded red lion rampant. The ground floor has a continuous cornice and fascia with tall windows again separated by pilasters, this time decorated with a circle. Above the corner window is a segmental pediment decorated with a carved flower and leaf design. To George Street, the right hand bay has a carriage entrance opening into the old coaching inn courtyard flanked by earlier buildings now substantially altered. These are of colourwashed brick and render with old clay tile roofs, and are only of one storey and attics.

To the Castle Street frontage is a range of buildings constructed of Luton grey bricks with some stone dressings. A low 2-storey range adjoins the florid Edwardian front, and has 3 sash windows with glazing bars and gauged brick heads to each storey. Adjacent to this is a taller 2-storey wing topped by a triangular pediment. Two first floor sash windows and cill band. The ground floor casements are flanked by plain brick pilasters with decorated stone pediments above the capitals. There is a cornice above the windows opening into a semi-circular arch above the central one. The arch is filled with a scallop pattern and a cartouche bearing the date 1881. Adjoining the Edwardian section on the George Street frontage is, by contrast, a delicately detailed mid-Victorian building. Now of colourwashed brick, it has a Welsh slate roof behind plain parapets. Three storeys. Both first and second floors have 3 sash windows with glazing bars and gauged brick heads. The ground floor has to the right-hand side a doorway with decorated fanlight in a surround of delicate fluted pilasters, entablature, dentil frieze and cornice. The window has similar pilasters with a decorated frieze across the top of the window, level with the capitals. Above is a deep entablature and shallow cornice.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

Site Location (OS map and aerial view)

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External Links

Bing Maps view - an angled aerial view centred on the current site, which is marked with a blue dot. Bing enables you to move round and view all four sides of the building (n.b. when viewing from other angles, the blue dot may not always indicate the correct building).

The Red Lion - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

Francis Frith photo, c.1950 - a photo from about 1950 on the Francis Frith website which shows the Red Lion Hotel.

Wikipedia's Glossary of Architecture - you might find this helpful if you are not familiar with all the architectural terms used to describe this site. There are links to other glossaries on our Links page.

Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to the Red Lion Hotel and are all within about 100 metres :

Castle Street
1 Castle Street - The White Hart Public House [Grade II listed]
2-8 Castle Street [Grade II listed]
5 Castle Street [Grade II listed]
Chapel Street
9 Chapel Street - The Griffin Public House [Grade II listed]
George Street
1 George Street - The Nickel Bag Public House [Grade II listed]
21 George Street [Grade II listed]
23 George Street [Draft Local List]
25 George Street [Draft Local List]
27 George Street [Draft Local List]
35-39 George Street [Draft Local List]
Park Street
2 & 4 Park Street [Draft Local List]

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