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Luton, Luton

Luton is a large town, borough and unitary authority of Bedfordshire, England, 30 miles north of London. Luton and its near neighbours, Dunstable and Houghton Regis, form the Luton/Dunstable Urban Area with a population of about 255,000. Luton is home to Conference National team Luton Town Football Club, whose history includes several spells in the top flight of the English league as well as a Football League Cup triumph in 1988.
Administrative CountyLuton
Traditional CountyBedfordshire
OS GridTL0921
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityBedfordshire

Other names by which Luton, Luton has been known in the past

Lintone ~ Loitone

Luton, Luton in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Luton.-- mun. bor., market town, and par., Bedfordshire, 9 miles SW. of Hitchin and 31 NW. of London by rail - par., 15,435 ac., pop. 26,140; bor., 2613 ac., pop. 23,960; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Monday. Luton being situated near the source of the river Lea, it is supposed that the name is a corruption of "Leatown." The town has a picturesque position, and has largely increased during recent years. It was incorporated in 1876. It is celebrated for the mfr. of straw hats and bonnets, the origin of the industry in this country being due to Mary Queen of Scots, whose son James removed the handicraft from Scotland and established its position at Luton. The Plait Hall here is a fine building.

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