TQ3378 : Kinglake Street, Kinglake Estate, Walworth

taken 8 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, England

Kinglake Street, Kinglake Estate, Walworth
Kinglake Street, Kinglake Estate, Walworth
On the left in shadow is part of Southborough House. Beyond it, with stair towers and rubbish chutes facing the street, is Bethesden House. On the right Keston House is almost hidden; beyond it is Amery House. Slight differences in the design of these monumental blocks of flats suggest that Amery House was the first to be built.
The Kinglake Estate, London SE17

The estate comprises nine brick-built blocks of flats on each side of Kinglake Street, east of the better-known Aylesbury Estate. Kinglake Estate first appears, complete, on an OS map of 1951, suggesting that it was begun during the late 1940s among the earliest post-war public housing in London.

A map of 1851 shows most of the local streets in place but not always with their modern names. A map of 1875 shows the area consisting of small terrace houses with rear yards or gardens. It is all Newington. York Road has become the modern Bagshot Street. The main artery is Alvey Street running northwest, not the Old Kent Road to the east. On the 1895 map a school has appeared in Surrey Square and King Road has become Kinglake Street. There is little change up to 1938.

By 1951 the big church on Aldridge Street has gone. The whole area is shown as Walworth, a name earlier applied to the small neighbourhood centred on the Walworth Road. Up to 1966 there was still a great deal of terraced housing. Not until the map of 1974-5 does the Aylesbury Estate appear to the west. Surrey Square Park is shown in 1995 where there had been a small group of houses.

The blocks in the Kinglake Estate take the names of places in Kent. They are, on the north side from the east: Swanley House, Hadlow House, Barham House, Bethersden House, Southborough House and Tenterden House. On the south side, from the east they are: Amery House, Keston House and Faversham House. It is remarkable that while the Aylesbury Estate, built 1963-1977, is undergoing regeneration for the next few years, these monumental post-war blocks are still standing and still occupied.

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Geographical Context: Housing, Dwellings City, Town centre Flat landscapes Building Material: Brick Area: Walworth Place: London other tags: Post-War Local Authority Housing Postcode Area SE17 Five-Storey Building Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Flats [18] · Kinglake Estate [12] Other Photos: · Three blocks of the Kinglake Estate fronting Surrey Square Park, Walworth ·
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TQ3378, 254 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Robin Stott   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 5 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Thursday, 7 April, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3329 7829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.2715N 0:4.8975W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3327 7823
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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