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Wardown Park House

Address : Wardown Park, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0892722970

Site Status : Grade II listed

Statutory List Description : Substantial country house of 1876 in neo vernacular style by T C Sorby. Luton grey bricks with light brown stone dressings, moulded red brick and terra cotta detailing; new clay tile roof with a few fishscale survivals, also finials and crested ridges. An irregular but compact plan of 2 storeys and attics with a variety of gables, roof slopes and neo-Tudor chimneys, mostly in threes, some linked and patterned.

West entrance front has portecochere in classical style. Heavy pierced parapet with corner panels over projecting cornice. Triple fluted pilasters at external corners with long narrow swags in between. Three external arches have six heads in spandrels, of famous statesmen including Gladstone and Disraeli. Mullioned and transomed central bay window above portecochere, with five flower pattern parged panels over five lights. Jettied gable above, with prominent moulded bargeboards, fishscale tile hanging in apex, three leaded lights in panels of flower pattern parging. To left of portecochere is two storey bay with three sided hipped roof having blind gablets filled with terracotta scallops. Similar bay to right of entrance. Both have inscriptions above first floor windows. South garden front has gable end at left hand; to its right is a forward projecting gable with similar treatment to that over west entrance, over a single storey bay window. At right hand is two storey bay window. East elevation is in two parts. Left hand large gable; right hand section has red brick bands, on left gable with projecting bargeboards arranged as a truss, on right smaller gabled dormer with stone dressings. Now used as Wardown Park Museum.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

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Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to Wardown Park House and are all within about 500 metres :

Alexandra Avenue
Denbigh High School [Draft Local List]
Manton Drive
25 Manton Drive [Draft Local List]
New Bedford Road
135 New Bedford Road [Draft Local List]
Old Bedford Road
145 Old Bedford Road [Draft Local List]
Stockingstone Road
279 Stockingstone Road [Draft Local List]
Wardown Park
Quadrant Walls, Curtain Walls And Gate Piers To Wardown Park Lodge [Grade II listed]
Entrance Gate and Outbuildings to Wardown Park House [Grade II listed]
Summerhouse at Wardown Park [Grade II listed]
Lodge To Wardown Park [Grade II listed]
Daisy Chain Wall [Draft Local List]

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