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Bide a While

Address : New Bedford Road, Luton

Grid Reference : TL0876623486

Site Status : Draft Local List

Site Description : Garden originally consisted of a number of traditional allotment plots. In 1920 George Farr, founder of Farr's Garden Centres, rented two plots, planted an orchard, erected a greenhouse and excavated a cellar for storage and mushroom growing. Later he acquired further plot and developed whole area into landscaped garden. Name evolved as visitors expressed a wish to bide a while in the garden. Many of the original features have been lost. However, in 2009 the Parks Division re-developed the grounds, refurbishing the raised planting area, tending the orchard andre-landscaping the lawns.

Information provided by Luton Borough Council.

Reasons for inclusion on local list : Architectural, Aesthetic and Artistic Interest; Association with Individuals or Events of Special Local Value

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Nearby Sites

These are the closest sites to Bide a While and are all within about 1000 metres :

Alexandra Avenue
Denbigh High School [Draft Local List]
Blenheim Crescent
Church of St Andrew [Grade II listed]
Bushmead Road
Stopsley Common Farm [Draft Local List]
Manton Drive
25 Manton Drive [Draft Local List]
Moat Lane
Moat House [Grade II listed]
New Bedford Road
135 New Bedford Road [Draft Local List]
Old Bedford Road
145 Old Bedford Road [Draft Local List]
278 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]
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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