Farley Hill, Luton

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Farley Hill
StockwoodGate.jpg
Stockwood Park Entrance, Luton
Farley Hill is located in Bedfordshire
Farley Hill
Farley Hill
Location within Bedfordshire
Population11,560 [1]
OS grid referenceTL0523
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU1
Dialling code01582
PoliceBedfordshire
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Bedfordshire
51°52′16″N 0°26′02″W / 51.871°N 0.434°W / 51.871; -0.434Coordinates: 51°52′16″N 0°26′02″W / 51.871°N 0.434°W / 51.871; -0.434

Farley Hill is a suburb in south Luton, England. The area is roughly bounded by the Dallow Downs to the north and north-east, Stockwood Park to the south, the M1 to the west, and Wilsden Avenue and Bolingbroke Road to the east.

History[edit]

In the late 12th century a 'hospital' was built on the Stockwood Estate in Farley Hill. This old hospital was partly renovated and extended to house a museum that holds the 'Mossman Collection', a large collection of horsedrawn carriages and other vehicles, along with locally found artifacts, a historical garden and a craft center.

The estate was constructed after World War II to replace houses destroyed by German bombers. The design of the estate primarily consists of residential housing, which was considered advanced at the time of its construction, incorporating a shopping precinct in the centre of a large roundabout and a wide avenue stretching from the centre to the edge of Stockwood Park. Farley Hill is served by two Junior schools, St Margaret Of Scotland Roman Catholic which opened in 1960 to serve the large, mainly Irish, Roman Catholic population and Farley Juniors which opened in 1952.

A single secondary school, Rotheram Senior School existed until 1988 but dwindling numbers and government funding restrictions led to its amalgamation with Stockwood High School into South Luton High School on Cutenhoe Road.[citation needed] The school then converted to academy status in 2007, and it was renamed Barnfield South Academy as part of the Barnfield Federation. In 2011, the school moved to a new £30 million building situated on the old playing field of the former Rotheram High School site. In 2015 the school changed its name to South Academy and became part of The Shared Learning Trust. In 2016 it was renamed as Stockwood Park Academy.

A view of Luton can be seen from the top of the Dallow Hills which are situated on the outskirts of the estate.

The area is next to Stockwood Park, which contains the Mossman Collection, Stockwood Museum, gardens, playing fields and 3 par golf course.

Politics[edit]

The Farley ward is represented by Cllr Paul Castleman (Labour), Cllr Mahmood Hussain (Labour) and Cllr Sian Timoney (Labour). The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton South, and the MP is Gavin Shuker. Farley is situated within the East of England (European Parliament constituency).


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
Heritage railway Heritage railway
Historic house Historic House
Mosque Mosques
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 Farley Hill, with news about Luton and the surrounding area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Luton Borough Council, Population Estimates and Forecasts Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, estimate for Farley ward in 2007. The count in the 2001 Census was 10,986.