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HistoryEdit

Before being engulfed by Luton, Wigmore was a small hamlet with few scattered residential houses. It was centred on Wigmore Hall, a farmhouse built in the early 19th century, which still stands at 66 Eaton Green Road. [1] It was not until the 1970s when extensive development began, consisting mostly of suburban low-density residential housing. The 1980s saw further development, as the estate now stretches from the original eastern edge of Luton to the county border.

Local AreaEdit

Wigmore Lane, the main road through the area, is the home to Luton's only Asda supermarket, the Wigmore Place retail area, the Wigmore House offices and a number smaller chain stores and independent shops. Wigmore Hall now houses the Active Luton headquarters. The area is also home to Wigmore Primary School.

London Luton AirportEdit

Wigmore is notable for its proximity to London Luton Airport, one of the busiest airports in the United Kingdom. Despite being located directly next to the airport, Wigmore suffers from little aircraft noise due to not being on the flight path and the nearby green space Wigmore Park acting as a buffer zone.

London Luton Airport's growth in recent years spawned proposals to purchase and demolish homes in southern Wigmore to construct a second runway north of the current one. However, the Airport authority withdrew this plan in favour of one to develop without the need for an additional or extended runway.

PoliticsEdit

Wigmore is part of the much larger Wigmore ward, which also includes parts of Vauxhall Park, Napier Park, Ramridge End, and Putteridge. The ward represented by Cllr Peter Chapman (Liberal Democrats), Cllr Diane Moles (Liberal Democrats) and Cllr Alan Skepelhorn (Liberal Democrats). The ward forms part of the parliamentary constituency of Luton South, and the MP is Gavin Shuker (Change UK). Wigmore is situated within the East of England (European Parliament constituency).

 
Map of Luton wards from 2006-2007 showing Wigmore.

Local NewspapersEdit

Two weekly newspapers are delivered free to all the houses in Wigmore. However they are not specific to Wigmore. They are:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wigmore Hall".