LU3 (Luton) area guide
The LU3 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Barnfield, Bedfordshire, Biscot, Bramingham, High Town, Icknield, Limbury, Lower Sundon, Luton, Northwell, Saints, Streatley, Sundon, Sundon Park.
The history of Luton dates back to the Palaeolithic era. Luton’s economy has been centred on various different industries over the past few centuries. The town used to be a centre of the hat-making industry, a legacy that survives today, in the form of Luton Town FC, which is nicknamed ‘The Hatters’. The town then focused on brick making, including a brickworks in Stopsley. Vauxhall Motors began in Luton and had a plant in the town until its closure in 2000. The company maintains its headquarters in Luton. The first airport to be opened in the area in 1938 was named Luton Airport and was used by the Royal Air Force during World War II. It was renamed London Luton Airport in 1990.
Ruins of the 15th century Someries Castle can be seen alongside the airport. The 12th century St. Mary’s Church still exists in Luton town centre. Much like the church, Luton has proved to be a resilient town. The Town Hall was burned in 1919 by protesters, including soldiers who had returned from World War I. Much of the city was destroyed by fire in 1336. Vauxhall built tanks in Luton during World War II. As a result, the town became a prime target during the bombings and Luton suffered heavy damages.
Today, the town’s economy revolves around the airport as well as the retail sector.
The average price for homes in LU3 is around £173,000. One of the highest valued streets is Manor Road where the average price is around £558,000. One of the least expensive streets to live on is Fitzwarin Close. Most houses on this street are terraced and have an average value of £79,000. Homes on Holmscroft Road and Bosmore Road tend to have 3 bedroom semi-detached properties from around £178,000.
There are a number of pubs in the area, including The Favourite Pub, located on Sundon Park Parade. There are a number of restaurants serving Indian cuisine, including The Indian Ocean and Dildar Tandoori Restaurant.
Keep fit at Lea Manor Recreation Centre on Northwell Drive, where there are a range of facilities.
LU3 has excellent public transport, with easy access to London Luton Airport and Leagrave train station. There are also a number of bus routes that serve the area.