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The Painters Arms Public House

Address : High Town Road, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0944321929

Site Status : Grade II listed

Conservation Area : This is in the High Town conservation area

Statutory List Description : Public house. Rebuilt 1913. Green glazed bricks to ground storey, red brick above. Ridge and end stacks.

PLAN: Corner site. Entrances on both frontages. Central servery with four (formerly five) bars clustered around it.

EXTERIOR: 2-storey. 5 bays to Hightown Road, 3 to Havelock Road, and a canted bay on the corner. Glazed brick facing on ground floor laid in horizontal rusticated bands. Entrances on left and in centre of High Town Road facade. Horned sash windows on 1st floor with fancy painted lintels and simple aprons. Dentilled cornice. Low, plain parapet but raised and embellished at the corner. Over the corner, embossed lettering stating 'Rebuilt AD 1913'.

INTERIOR: Retains most of its early C20 planning and furnishings. Small central entrance lobby with patterned tile floor and leading to three bars. That in the centre small and described in etched glass on its door as 'Jug Bar'. Between the three bars wooden screenwork with Art Nouveau-style glazing. To right public bar with original fixed seating with bare timber back. Further lobby on left, with tiled floor. Early C20 bar counter and back. In the left-hand parts the counter carries a superstructure on twinned columns and with shelf; above this glazed lunettes which repeat a pattern in the screenwork between the bars. Tiled dado round several walls with a frieze above in brown and green with fern and scallop shell ornament. Several contemporary fireplaces, one with pictorial green tiles. Doors with etched glass and good brass door furniture. Plaster modillion cornice at front. An early C20 public house with distinctive exterior detailing and an increasingly rare, and substantially complete compartmentalised plan retaining a coherent ensemble of contemporary screenwork, bar counter and back, decorative tiling, doors and fireplaces, all of high quality.

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 Painters Arms Public House - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

High Town Road in General - web page on the BLARS (Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service) Community Archives website.

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 Painters Arms Public House and are all within about 200 metres :

Havelock Road
11-21 Havelock Road [Draft Local List]
36 Havelock Road - Former Norton College, Hat Factory, Feather Sorting Factory [Draft Local List]
High Town Road
High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
High Town Methodist Church Hall [Grade II listed]
Gates, Dwarf Wall And Railings To High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
5 High Town Road [Draft Local List]
48 & 48A High Town Road [Draft Local List]
70 High Town Road - Former Co-op [Draft Local List]
Wenlock Street
Church of St Matthew [Grade II listed]

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