Round Green

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Coordinates: 51°53′42″N 0°24′22″W / 51.895°N 0.406°W / 51.895; -0.406

Round Green
Round Green is located in Bedfordshire
Round Green
Round Green
 Round Green shown within Bedfordshire
Population 11,950 [1]
OS grid reference TL095225
Unitary authority Luton
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LUTON
Postcode district LU2
Dialling code 01582
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Luton South
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire

Round Green is an area in the north-east of Luton. Formerly a small hamlet between Biscot, Leagrave and Stopsley, Round Green is one of the oldest parts of Luton with references to the area dating back to 1170.

The area originally called Cowridge End, stretches from what now is Old Bedford Road, up to Birchen Grove in the North and Crawley Green in the south. The area was officially taken up into the boundary of Luton in 1933.

In 1908, the Luton Tram Service started up, with route one terminating at Round Green (starting out in Park Street). The tram service in the town had a fairly short life and in 1931 the council decided to scrap the trams and replace them with buses.[2]

The local area is focused on the Stockingstone Road to Hitchin Road roundabout, where two local pubs, the Jolly Topers[3] and The Round Green Tavern are situated within 20m of each other. Another pub, the Royal Oak, also traded in this area, however has recently closed due to increased competition. There is a small shopping area down Hitchin Road heading towards Luton which has the local amenities such as the grocers, newsagent etc. and the local garage and childcare centre.

Historically, there was a large horse chestnut tree next to the roundabout outside the Jolly Topers pub, this tree had presided over the area for 150 years. However in 2001, after heavy winds, the tree branches blew down and it was deemed hazardous to keep the tree up. The tree was taken down and has recently been replaced[citation needed]

Politics[edit]

The Councillors for Round Green ward are Cllr Yaqub Hanif (Labour), Cllr Mark Rivers(Labour)and Cllr Mohammed Zia (Labour).

The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton South, and the MP is Gavin Shuker (Labour). Round Green is situated within the East of England (European Parliament constituency).

Map of Luton showing Round Green


Local Attractions[edit]

Key
AP Icon.svg Abbey/Priory/Cathedral
Accessible open space Accessible open space
Themepark uk icon.png Amusement/Theme Park
CL icon.svg Castle
Country Park Country Park
EH icon.svg English Heritage
Forestry commission logo.svg Forestry Commission
Heritage railway Heritage railway
Historic house Historic House
Museum (free)
Museum
Museum (free/not free)
National Trust National Trust
Drama-icon.svg Theatre
Zoo icon.jpg Zoo

Local Newspapers[edit]

Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to all houses in Round Green, with news about Luton and the surrounding area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luton Borough Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts, estimate for Round Green ward in 2007. The count in the 2001 Census was 10,868.
  2. ^ History of the trams in Luton
  3. ^ Jolly Topers - Round Green Luton Bedfordshire
  • Local History Book - The Story of Round Green by Barbara M. Benson