3 High Town Road Luton
1 and 3 High Town Road June 2011
3 High Town Road, an impressive three storyed building was a chemist's shop in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its proprietor, John EDmunds, was described in a directory of 1894 as: "proprietor of “Fonteratacine”, cure for eczema". For around seventy five years the property was then a tailor's shop. At the time of writing  it is solicitor's offices.
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. The valuer visiting 3 High Town Road [DV1/R59/8] found it owned and occupied by Frederick Jason Cook and used as a tailor’s shop. The shop itself extended over two areas measuring 12 feet 6 inches by 15 feet and 12 feet 6 inches by 19 feet 9 inches respectively. Cellars beneath were not used. A show room on the first floor measured 12 feet 6 inches by 26 feet and a sitting room measured 7 feet 9 inches by 16 feet. A workroom on the second floor measured 12 feet 6 inches by 33 feet 6 inches. Two fitting rooms, presumably on the ground floor, though this is not stated, measured 7 feet 9 inches by 12 feet 3 inches and 7 feet 9 inches by 11 feet 3 inches respectively.
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.
- 1894: John Edmunds, chemist and surgeon dentist;
- 1898: Thomas Jackson, chemist;
- 1903: George Frecker Cox, chemist;
- 1906: George Frecker Cox, chemist;
- 1910: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1914: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1920: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1924: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1928: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1931: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1936: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1939: Fred Cook;
- 1940: Frederick Jason Cook, tailor;
- 1950: Fred Cook;
- 1960: Fred Cook (L. W. Cook, proprietor), tailor, outfitter and hosier;
- 1965: Fred Cook (L. W. Cook, proprietor), tailor, outfitter and hosier;
- 1968: F. Cook, hosier;
- 1972: F. Cook, tailor;
- 1974: F. Cook, tailor;
- 1975: not listed;
- 2011: Noble Solicitors.