Hockwell Ring

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Hockwell Ring
Hockwell Ring is located in Bedfordshire
Hockwell Ring
Hockwell Ring
Location within Bedfordshire
Population4,000 (est.)
OS grid referenceTL0523
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLUTON
Postcode districtLU4
Dialling code01582
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°54′14″N 0°28′30″W / 51.904°N 0.475°W / 51.904; -0.475Coordinates: 51°54′14″N 0°28′30″W / 51.904°N 0.475°W / 51.904; -0.475

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 1930s developments and is reasonably well connected to the rest of the town.

Acworth Court

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.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

Hockwell Ring shops viewed looking north from the south side of The Green

Local schools and education[edit]


  • Gill Blowers Nursery, Mossdale Court

Primary schools

  • Beechwood Primary School, Linden Road
  • Leagrave Primary School, Strangers Way
  • Pirton Hill Primary School, Butely Road

Secondary schools


  • Leagrave Library, Marsh Road


Hockwell Ring is within Leagrave ward, which is represented by Cllr Waheed Akbar (Labour), Cllr Maria Lovell (Labour) and Cllr Sameera Saleem (Labour).[2]

The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton North, and the MP is Sarah Owen (Labour).

Local attractions[edit]

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
Places of Worship Places of Worship
Museum (free)
Museum (free/not free)
National Trust National Trust
Drama-icon.svg Theatre
Zoo icon.jpg Zoo

Local newspapers[edit]

Two weekly newspapers cover Hockwell Ring, although they are not specific to the area.

They are the:


  1. ^ "Luton House Prices". GetAgent. GetAgent. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ "CMIS > Councillors".

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