The East London Advertiser has marked its 150th anniversary by republishing articles and photos from its archives to show the evolving landscape of East London.
While Shoreditch's Boundary housing estate was a groundbreaking first in social housing at the beginning of the 20th century, it remains almost two thirds council owned to this day - no mean feat against the onward march of gentrification. In fact, any visitor today would be struck by the diversity of the pedestrian traffic at Arnold Circus, the circular gardens at the heart of the Boundary's radial design. Boundary tenants, families out for a walk from nearby Clerkenwell, and frequenters of Shoreditch's artisanal coffee shops alike promenade the listed gardens and bandstand.
The fact remains that properties for rent or sale across East London hold a unique appeal for families, professionals and students. A vibrant community, a thriving arts and entertainment scene, plus exceptional transport links all add value to your investment.
This is London’s first slum clearance which finally comes about with the 1890 Housing for the Working Classes Act, giving local authorities of the day the powers to undertake slum clearances. The Nichol demolition beginning in 1891. 1900: The new estate officially opened by the Prince of Wales on March 3, 1900, less than a year before he becomes king, has been laid out around a central raised garden with a bandstand at Arnold Circus. Seven 60ft-wide wide avenues lead off from the Circus, each named to recall Huguenot associations—Calvert, Hocker, Falissy, Rochelle, Ainsworth, Camlet and Navarre. The 23 red brick blocks with honey-coloured stripes and terracotta mouldings lining the new avenues are named after towns along the Thames like Taplow, Sunbury, Marlow and Wargrave. A communal laundry, bakery, 188 shops and 77 industrial workshops are also included.