Hockwell Ring is a suburb of Luton in the north-west of the town. The area is roughly bounded by Brickly Road to the north, High Street and Torquay Drive to the south, the M1 motorway to the west, and Vincent Road to the east.
Hockwell Ring mostly consists of a 1950s and 1960s-built council estate. The estate was built as part of the post-war expansion of Luton, at a similar time to Marsh Farm. Hockwell Ring is not a particularly large estate. The area ties into much of the neighbouring 1930’s developments and is reasonably well connected to the rest of the town.
The estate is dominated by four large towers, which are of similar design, 14 stories high, and top out at 44.20 m each, these can be seen clearly from the M1 motorway southbound carriageway just before Junction 11, which passes close to the estate.
The tower blocks were constructed in 1965–1966, at roughly the same time as the rest of the estate and are typical examples of the British approach to 1960s high-rise living. They dominate the skyline of that part of the town, and along with the towers in Marsh Farm and Park Town are the tallest buildings in the town and county. At the centre of the estate is a small shopping centre, park, and other facilities, doctors and dentist. The tower blocks are undergoing some refurbishment to the exterior.
Like many other estates of the 1960s, Hockwell Ring was seen as a vision for the future; however, by the 1990s the reality was very different. House prices in the area had fallen dramatically and the estate had developed a very real image problem. Things have begun to change in recent times. An influx of London commuters to the area due to its proximity to Leagrave train station has led to an increase in house prices. The estate is seeing some improvements. Many of the locals that caused problems and damaged the image of the area have now moved out, and the area as a whole has a much safer image.
Local schools and education
- Gill Blowers Nursery, Mossdale Court
- Leagrave Primary School, Strangers Way
- Beechwood Primary School, Linden Road
- Moorlands School, Leagrave Hall
- Pirton hill primary school, Butely road
- Lealands High School, Sundon Park Road
- Chalk Hills Free School, Emerald Road
- Leagrave Library, Marsh Road
The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton North, and the MP is Kelvin Hopkins (Labour). Leagrave is within the East of England (European Parliament constituency).
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Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to all the houses in the area. However they are not specific to Hockwell Ring. They are:
- "Luton Today". www.lutontoday.co.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- "Bedfordshire-0n-Sunday, MK News, Luton-on-Sunday Homepage". web.archive.org. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2019.