Milton Road West Side

Station Road to Crabtree Lane

By Gavin Ross

Information obtained from Kelly's Directories 1901-74

The lower side contained fewer, larger houses, of which very few remain.  The original houses in 1901 were up to the end of Spenser Road (Nos. 2-24). We have very few photos of the earlier houses, but hope that mention of them here will help unearth pictures in family albums. We will add the names of people associated with these houses shortly.

No. 2 was called The Thicket

Photo:2a Milton Road 2011

2a Milton Road 2011

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Photo:Coleridge Court 2011

Coleridge Court 2011

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In the 1920s an additional house, No. 2a, was built on the end of the plot for Percy Claridge, which still stands, while the rest of the site was developed as Coleridge Court in 1971.

No. 4 was called Hillside, and in 1928 became Greenways. It was demolished to build Beaumont Court in 1974.

No.6 was called Lyndhurst and then Craigie Lea, and No.8 was called Beacon Lodge and both houses were used during World War II by the Friends' Provident Life Office.  No. 6a still stands, but the site is now flats and maisonettes called Copper Beeches. (1984)

No.10 was called Park View,

Photo:Park View House (10 Milton Road)

Park View House (10 Milton Road)

LHS archive, cat. no. B 3.98

and in 1958 was redeveloped as Milton Court.

Photo:Milton Court 2011

Milton Court 2011

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No. 12 was called Oaklands

Photo:The Cedars 2011

The Cedars 2011

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In 1956 it became a nursing home. The site is now part of The Cedars (1967).

Photo:High Bank (14 Milton Road) c1960

High Bank (14 Milton Road) c1960

LHS archives

Photo:14 Milton Road, High Banks, rear view early 1960s

14 Milton Road, High Banks, rear view early 1960s

LHS archives - from Amy Coburn collection

No. 14 was called High Bank, and was, until 1922, the home of Dr. Robert Warington, the distinguished Rothamsted chemist.  The site became Yardley Court in 1966.

No. 16 was called Engledene, "mellowed by age and vested with luxuriant old flowering and other foliage .. [with] "9 bed and dressing rooms".  The site is now Keats House (1975)

Photo:Engledene from 1906 Auction brochure

Engledene from 1906 Auction brochure

LHS archives - BF 10.38

Photo:Englehurst, described for auction on 26 July 1906

Englehurst, described for auction on 26 July 1906

LHS archives - BF 10.38

No. 18 was called St Mary’s .  The site is now Shelley Court (1967).

No. 20 was called The Wrekin. The site is now Avon Court (1966).

Photo:Heathview, Furzedown Ct 2011

Heathview, Furzedown Ct 2011

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No. 22 was called Furzedown, the name retained in the new flats called Furzedown Court.

No. 24 was called Ardblair(see no. 57) and then Brooklands.  No.26 was from 1958-66 the home of Dr Charles Hill MP, (The Radio Doctor), later Lord Hill of Luton, and the site is occupied by Linden Court (1968) and Heathview (1972).

No. 28 was built in 1908 by Mr Hodgson as a large private residence, called Rosemary, and it became a nursing hospital during the First World War.  In 1922 it was the Ministry of Agriculture Plant Pathology Laboratory before that was moved to Hatching Green.  In 1964 it became Laporte Titanium Ltd, but in 1969 it was again a private residence.  By 1975 it had become an Abbeyfield home until 2008.  In 2009 it was acquired by Rothamsted as a lodging house for staff and was named Southwood Court (after the late Chairman of the Lawes Agricultural Trust).  A separate address was called Poets Corner between 2000 and 2009. 

Photo:30 Milton Rd 2011

30 Milton Rd 2011

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Nos. 30-36 were built after the First World War and are still standing. No. 30 (with its unique clock tower over the outbuilding) was called Summerfield before it was given a number in 1926.  No. 36 was the latest to be built, on a small triangular plot next to Crabtree Lane.

This page was added by Gavin Ross on 22/07/2011.
Comments about this page

I've enjoyed reading these Milton Road articles, as I grew up in Haddon Court. It would be good if clicking on the small pics opened a larger version.

Ed: Unfortunately it is not possible to click and enlarge what you see, but we have edited the layout and enlarged some of the older pictures. We value any comments that can help us improve the pages on this website - and we hope that more information will emerge.

By Tim David
On 07/05/2013

My great aunt, Mrs G Chaplin, lived at Yardleys, No16 Milton Road, with Mr and Mrs Duckworth (her daughter) and family. I visited them many times in 1950s.  I also saw Mrs M S Larg regularly at Oaklands, two doors away, at No12 Milton Road. The facts on Oaklands becoming a nursing home etc., are, so far as I know, correct.  The name Yardleys has continued, possibly in the wrong place.  We never knew No16 as Engledean.

By Gavin Rowe
On 25/07/2017