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A walk exploring how public housing developed in London in the 20th century. We’ll see an incredible range of architectural styles and layouts in less than three miles, including work by Noel and Alina Moffett and Darbourne & Darke.

The walk kicks off on the Old Oak Estate where the London County Council (LCC) applied garden city ideas to build cottages for working class people before and after World War I.

We'll then walk through the Wormholt Estate, built by Hammersmith borough council as part of Prime Minister Lloyd George's "homes for heroes" program after World War I and completed by the LCC.

We’ll then explore the 1920s and 1930s, looking at Peabody Trust's Cleverly Estate and the LCC's White City Estate, which offered new levels of comfort for tenants in high-quality self-contained flats.

We’ll move on to a 1960s system-built modernist block, whose hexagonal design is inspired by the Giants' Causeway. We'll end up in the 1970s at the Wood Lane Estate, Darbourne & Darke's small dense low-rise estate.

We’ll touch on many of the dilemmas that still plague public housing in London today – the respective roles of the public and private sectors, finance, affordability, quality and density.

Old Oak to White City: a walk through London’s 20th century social housing

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Event Type(s) Walks and Tours
Tickets / Admission £ 15

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East Acton Underground Station More Info

Address: Erconwald Street
W12 0BP
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Public Transport East Acton Underground Station


Iya London

About Iya London develops events that unearth and share London’s overlooked stories, past and present. Joanna Oyediran is Iya London's founder. She's a human rights researcher and local historian living in Shepherd’s Bush. Her interests include the development of London, the influence of Empire on the city and its people, and Londoners at play. Joanna is a qualified Open City guide. She’s led guided walks on behalf of organizations that include Open City, London Historians, Imperial College London, the Royal College of Art and ITV.
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