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2 Clifton Road Shefford

2 Clifton Road January 2012
2 Clifton Road January 2012

2 Clifton Road is a striking, double-fronted property just south of the South Bridge. It was listed by the former Department of Environment in January 1985 as Grade II, of special interest. The department dated the property to the early 19th century. The house is built of red brick and has a hipped slate roof.  

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. Shefford, like much of the county, was assessed in 1927 and the valuer visiting 2 Clifton Road, then called Bridge House [DV1/C161/129], found it owned by "Gudgin Bros" but vacant. The house stood in just over half an acre and comprised a parlour, a living room, a kitchen, a larder and a W. C. with four bedrooms and a boxroom above. Outside stood wood and tiled buildings. Maps show these were quite extensive but the valuer noted: "very bad repair owner says probably all coming down". They certainly did – none remain today. The site also contained a massive advertisement hoarding 73 feet by 10 feet.