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27 High Town Road Luton

27 High Town Road June 2011
27 High Town Road June 2011

For around fifty years 27 High Town Road was a grocer's shop. It was later a dry cleaning receiving office, a photographer's studio and a do-it-yourself store. At the time of writing [2011] it is an estate agent's.

The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. Sadly, a detailed inspection of 27 High Town Road has not survived. Nevertheless, an assessment of the whole of High Town Road [DV1/T38] shows that the premises was owned by Harold Cook, who also owned, and occupied, 19 High Town Road. 27 High Town Road was occupied by Arthur Lewis Harlow who, directories reveal, was a grocer. The property had been a grocer’s shop since at least 1894.

Directories for Bedfordshire were published every few years from 1839, for example, the beginning of the 20th century has directories for 1903, 1906, 1910 and 1914. Countywide directories ceased to be published during the Second World War, the last for Bedfordshire being in 1940. Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service has directories just for Luton for 1939, 1950, 1960, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974 and 1975. The first street numbers in High Town Road begin to appear in directories in 1885 but it looks as if there was some renumbering of properties on the odd side of the road between 1890 and 1894.

  • 1894: Japheth Bond, grocer;
  • 1898: Japheth Bond, grocer;
  • 1903: Japheth Bond, grocer;
  • 1906: Francis Edward Norris, grocer;
  • 1914: Francis Edward Norris, grocer;
  • 1920: Arthur Lewis Harlow, grocer;
  • 1924: Arthur Lewis Harlow, grocer;
  • 1928: Arthur Lewis Harlow, grocer;
  • 1931: Arthur Lewis Harlow, grocer;
  • 1936: Arthur Lewis Harlow, grocer;
  • 1939: Arthur J. Harlow;
  • 1940: Rapside Dry Cleaning Company;
  • 1950: County Laundry;
  • 1960: County Cleaners (St. Albans) Limited, dyers and cleaners (receiving office);
  • 1965: Rose John Studio, photographers;
  • 1968: Rose John Studio, photographers;
  • 1972: vacant;
  • 1974: Timber House, do-it-yourself store;
  • 1975: David A. Patterson; Timber House Limited, do-it-yourself store;
  • 2011: Regency Estate and Letting Agents.