TQ3583 : Cranbrook Estate

taken 6 years ago, near to Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Cranbrook Estate in this square
Cranbrook Estate
Cranbrook Estate
A set of coats of arms, associated with each block on the estate, faces Roman Road.
Cranbrook Estate

3,120 houses were destroyed in Bethnal Green in the blitz. Following the war, those homes capable of repair were repaired but the London County Council (LCC) and Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough Council were keen to pursue a policy of slum clearance. 17 acres of land to the north of Roman Road were cleared of existing housing and industry to make way for a new estate to be built by the Borough council, who appointed Skinner, Bailey and Lubetkin as architects. The new dwellings were specifically to be given to people whose homes had been demolished. The first units were completed in 1963 and the whole estate by 1966. There was a mixture of tower blocks, of varying heights, and lower rise buildings including bungalows for older people. Although in subsequent years the estate was to suffer some of the social problems associated with its inner city location, it is still regarded as a fine example of this type of development much loved by many of its residents.

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Date Taken
Friday, 9 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Housing Estate 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3558 8318 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8754N 0:2.8071W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3560 8317
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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