Focus on… Leagrave

 
Our third ‘Focus on’ feature is all about Leagrave on the north west side of Luton and how it’s becoming increasingly popular with London commuters!
 
Living in Leagrave means easy access to the M1, neighbouring towns of Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the L&D Hospital. Leagrave also has its own railway station (one stop north of Luton) and takes just 35 minutes to St Pancras. It’s a great place for commuters - around 2 million people use the station each year, taking advantage of the four trains per hour to both London and Bedford. The station was built in 1868 as part of the extension to the St Pancras line. (Source)
 
For those who commute by car, the new motorway junction (11a) and ‘Woodside Link’ is not only already benefitting local businesses, but will also help to reduce congestion in the area when it is completed in June this year. (Source)
 
Originally a village, Leagrave became a part of Luton at the same time as Stopsley back in 1928. When the two merged, some roads in Leagrave had to be renamed as they already existed in Luton! (Source)
 
Today, around 11,998 people live in Leagrave and there are more semi-detached, but fewer terraced and detached houses in the area, compared to the rest of Luton. (Source) This is because most of the houses in Leagrave were built during the interwar years (the 20s and 30s), resulting in plenty of iconic semis with the big bay windows at the front. Post-war expansion saw the construction of the Hockwell Ring and Marsh Farm estates and in more recent times, developments to the north during the 80s and 90s included Tophill and Lea Meadows. (Source)
 
According to Rightmove, “most of the sales in Leagrave over the past year were semi-detached properties which on average sold for £246,655.” House prices this year are up in the area by 12% compared to last year, with similar prices to the rest of Luton. (Source)
 
There is a Lidl supermarket in Leagrave, which opened just last year, and Leagrave Park, as well as Hatters Way Retail Park and the £1.5 million Lewsey Sports Park and Pool nearby.
 
The park is around 60 acres and perfect for families with a play area and car parking. Interestingly, workers from the Luton Hat Factories used to visit Leagrave Marsh in the summer for picnics and the area became known as the ‘Blockers’ Seaside’ or ‘Leagrave On Sea’ in the early 20th century. (Source)
 
There are a number of schools in the area including: Barnfield Moorlands Free School, which is the first free school in Luton, Beechwood Primary School, Kings House Preparatory School & Nursery, Leagrave Primary School and Lealands High School.
 
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