Luton Heritage Forum

Former Norton College, Hat Factory, Feather Sorting Factory

Address : 36 Havelock Road, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0937322098

Site Status : Draft Local List

Site Description : On the corner of Havelock Road is a house and premises that were occupied by Roland Allen and Co's catering equipment centre. The building had previously been Norton House School (or Norton Collage) from 1881-1909. It is shown on a circa 1900 OS map as Norton College. In 1933 the part fronting onto Havelock Road appears to have been Norton House Hotel. By 1938 the site was a hat factory - listed as Battersby & Co's Norton Works (in the 1938 directory). In the 1950s the building was occupied by Glaser & Harris's feather sorting factory (these feathers are likely to have been used in the hat industry). In 1965 the buildings are listed as being occupied by Bent A.W. (Luton) Ltd clothing manufacturers and Moss Mark Ltd. millinery manufacturers. It is currently Roland Allen's Catering Equipment Centre.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

Reasons for inclusion on local list : Architectural, Aesthetic and Artistic Interest; Historic Interest; Group Value and Contribution to Built Environment; Association with Individuals or Events of Special Local Value

Site Location (OS map and aerial view)

A red marker shows the site's location on the map and aerial view below. Use the slider controls or +/- buttons to zoom in and out, or click and drag the map or aerial view to move around.

To view street level photographs using Google Street View, drag the little orange figure (top left in the aerial view) onto one of the roads. To exit Street View, click the X in the top right corner. NB - when in Street View the red marker's position can be less accurate and may not always point to the correct building. You can blame Google for that, not us!

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).

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 Former Norton College, Hat Factory, Feather Sorting Factory and are all within about 300 metres :

Havelock Road
11-21 Havelock Road [Draft Local List]
High Town Road
High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
High Town Methodist Church Hall [Grade II listed]
The Painters Arms Public House [Grade II listed]
Gates, Dwarf Wall And Railings To High Town Methodist Church [Grade II listed]
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]

Send us more information about this building

If you have any additional information or comments about this building, please send them to us using the form below.

If you email us, your email will be sent to one or more members of Luton Heritage Forum. We will only use your contact details in order to respond to your emails. We will not pass your personal details to any other organisation or individual without asking your permission first.

Your comments:


Click to read our privacy policy and how we use cookies on this website.