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Gas Lamp Outside Number 32 Hart Hill Drive

Address : Hart Hill Drive, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0991421485

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : One of two gas lamps of the late C19 outside numbers 10 and 32 Hart Hill Drive which are still operational.

MATERIALS: Cast Iron

DESCRIPTION: Gas lamp outside no. 10 Hart Hill Drive, Luton A working, gas street lamp dating from the late C19 made of cast iron to a design loosely based on the classical column. The lamp consists of a fluted shaft on a circular base that is set on an octagonal plinth. The shaft tapers slightly before splaying out to form a plain, banded capital. A simple four-sided lantern of metal and glass, with ventilator, is crowned with a simple spike finial, and rests upon four curved metal supports. Gas lamp outside no. 32 Hart Hill Drive, Luton A working, gas street lamp dating from the late C19 made of cast iron to a design loosely based on the classical column. The lamp consists of a fluted shaft on circular base which is set on a square chamfered plinth. The lower body of the shaft incorporates decorative moulding in stylised Egyptian design, and there are ball flower mouldings to the capital. A simple four-sided lantern of metal and glass, crowned with a simple spike finial, rests upon four curved metal supports.

HISTORY: Hart Hill Drive is a private road which was developed as a small estate during the latter half of the C19. Although there is no documentary evidence relating to the street lamps, local knowledge suggests that they were introduced at the end of the C19. There are three lamps in Hart Hill Drive that are all of different designs, suggesting that they were introduced on a piecemeal basis or original lamps were replaced as required.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The Gas Lamps outside nos. 10 and 32 Hart Hill Drive, Luton, Bedfordshire are designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural Interest: They are unusual examples of finely-detailed C19 gas lamp posts. They remain in use and are still lit by gas.

* Historic Interest: They are working examples of a once common means of street lighting.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

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Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to the Gas Lamp Outside Number 32 Hart Hill Drive and are all within about 500 metres :

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Crawley Green Road
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Crescent Rise
19 Crescent Rise [Draft Local List]
Hart Hill Drive
Gas Lamp Outside Number 10 Hart Hill Drive [Grade II listed]
30 Hart Hill Drive [Draft Local List]
56 Hart Hill Drive [Draft Local List]
Hart Hill Lane
Hill View [Draft Local List]
Havelock Road
11-21 Havelock Road [Draft Local List]
Hayward Tyler
Hayward Tyler [Draft Local List]
High Town Road
The Painters Arms Public House [Grade II listed]
70 High Town Road - Former Co-op [Draft Local List]
John Street
Melson Arms Public House [Draft Local List]
Park Street
38 Park Street - The Cock Public House [Grade II listed]

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