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r.. by .s. from liedford, 10 n. from St. Albans (Herts), I the taste displayed in the election of new and the
and 5 E. I>v 3. from Dunstable — the last iiaimd a sia- [ alteiaiion of the old buildings. The streets are g;is-
tifiti on a biaiich c'lnimunicating witli the London and I lighted, and an appearance of respectability and
Noitli-Ue>tern Kailway, at Leighton. Thi- town is i general impioreinent are manifest. The town halt



seated near to the small river Lea, from which cii-
ciiiu>tuiice it i> said to have been formei ly called Lea-
totcii ; others however, contend that it derives its
name, ' Luton,' from Lowloirn, deduced from the low
position of the place, ii I'eing surionnded I'y gentle
eir.ineiices. liaron Fulk de lirent built a castle here,
in the early p-irt of the thiiteeiith century; and John
Lord Wenlock, in the reign of Henry V'l, ertcted a



erected in 1818, in George-stuei, is a handsome antl
commodious building, comprising convenient apait-
nients for the use of the county courts, and savings'
liank, with looms for public lectiiies, conceits, &c. —
the entile forming a valuable iinprovement to the
town. A nu'chaiiics' institute ha-* also been formed,
and is well attended; and a reading and news looin,
also a scientific institution are suppoiied by respectable



epiilcliral clrapel on the north side of the church, and iiiemheis. The \\orliliou.se of the Luton Union, is a



had commenced building a noble mansion at Snin-
ijieiies (the portico of which is still stniidinuj, on the
opposite hill to Luton Hoo Park, but the battle ot
Tewke.Hhuiy, in whic h he fell, prevented its comple-
tion. The manufacture of straw plat, may be consi-
dered llie staple of the place, and this branch is carried
on by sever.il houses, on a very extensive scale : that
of VValler ha-* stood conspicuous in the trade for many
yeari*. K.xclusive of the plat branch, the business
here is mostly of a ret til and general character; and

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convenient building situated near the gis workei|!;li, Ks



Online LibraryI. (Isaac) SlaterSlater's royal national and commercial directory and topography of the counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, and Suffolk : comprising classi → online text (page 9 of 131)