The Graffiti of Houghton Regis

by Alan Winter
Graffiti might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's been around since the time that man picked up a coloured rock and discovered he could make a mark on a cave wall.

It certainly doesn't always appeal to passers-by or officialdom, especially if the graffiti is judged to be unsavoury or using profanity.

Back in 2017, these locals were seen whitewashing a wall in an alleyway running between Sundon Road and Dalling Drive (St Andrew's Lane), doing a favour for a local resident after some graffiti had appeared on the wall and officialdom had apparently asked for its removal. Since then, Houghton Regis Town Council has invested in equipment and chemicals that can tackle unwanted graffiti. The groundstaff employed by the council has more capacity to deal with unwanted graffiti during winter months.

L-R Cllr Tracy MacMahon, Cllr Joanna Hillyard, and local resident Becka Hillyard.
Photo credit: Houghton Regis Town Council Facebook Page.

 The Town Council are not strangers to graffiti, having organised graffiti events, like this one in the summer of 2018, with Houghton Regis Youth Council, where children were invited to daub graffiti on baseball caps, and another event in the summer of 2017 called the graffiti art project

The baseball cap graffiti activity provided by Houghton Regis Youth Council proved to be very popular. — with Houghton Regis Youth Council. Photo credit: Houghton Regis Town Council Facebook Page

A report to the Community Services Committee in September 2018 from Houghton Regis Town Council Youth Service said that “The graffiti project was a success with very positive feedback from the attendees.” Furthermore,  Groundwork were asked to consider an opportunity to work with Houghton Regis Town Council to decorate the Skate Park concrete seating blocks with graffiti art.

Photo credit: Houghton Regis Town Council Facebook Page
This April and May 2019 the Town Council are organising a series of graffiti workshops being run by professional artists and are encouraging youth to take part. See Town Council Website Page for details or the poster below.

This month, Alan Winter editor of  HRND, took a look at some of the alternative unofficial graffiti in and around the town.

The first two are from either side of the Woodside Link:

This is from the now infamous SKUD who has been tagging Houghton Regis for a number of years now.

These graffiti images are from the Houghton Brook bridge under the Woodside Link road:

During April and May, Houghton Regis Town Council will be providing professional artists to demonstrate and guide young people in artistic graffiti sessions. To get involved in the young people can contact 01582 708540 for more information or by email to Tara.Earnshaw @

Link for this event being organised by the Houghton Regis Town Council.

FREE for ages 12 - 18 

Graffiti Workshops with professional artists planning and designing art work to be transferred onto the Skate park benches and Parkside Pavilion.  Dates April 9th, 10th, 16th from 2 until 6pm.
To find out more about the Houghton Regis Town Council Graffiti event go to