History

At the turn of the century Tottenham was a village suburb served by new railways and at the end of the tramlines. It was surrounded by fields, which the newly formed London County Council (LCC) could acquire using as yet hardly used powers to buy land and build Council Housing. Earlier experiments in housing design for workers had produced beautiful picturesque estates modelled on traditional rural housing, such as Port Sunlight, Bourneville and New Earswick.

Arts and Crafts influence

This new housing was designed by some of the most progressive Architects of their day and were funded by rich social reformers. Their philosophy respected co-operation between Architects and craftsmen and was called the ‘Arts and Crafts Movement’. The LCC placed Britain at the cutting edge of planned social housing, improving conditions for the working classes with well constructed, healthy homes in the highest quality environments.

Samuel Montagu’s donation

In 1898, Ebenezer Howard published ‘Tomorrow – a peaceful path to real reform’. This book launched the Garden City movement and shortly after its publication, Samuel Montagu, of the silversmith and watchmaking family (later Lord Swaything) donated £10 000 to purchase land and to build low density accommodation in a ‘Garden Suburb’ setting. The donation was tied to the rehousing of Jewish workers resident in Tower Hamlets together with the provision of an area of public gardens; giving rise to the name Tower Gardens.

Today

The 954 housing units on Tower Gardens made it the largest development undertaken by the LCC between 1898 and 1914 (other large estates being construction in Tooting, Hammersmith and Croydon). It was also the first estate to be constructed outside of the LCC area, and became the foremost housing achievement of the early LCC. Tower Gardens is example of progressive Edwardian Architecture that is unique and rare within the largely Victorian historic fabric of London. Nevertheless, it has survived largely intact to the present day and together with is architectural quality it rightfully retains a special importance worthy of the most rigorous measures towards its conservation.

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Cllr Gideon Bull has invited you to Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting - Larkspur Close meeting room

Title:


Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting - Larkspur Close meeting room

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When:


Tue 20 Jun 2017 19:00 – 20:30

Organiser:


Cllr Gideon Bull <whl@gideonbull.co.uk>

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Attendees:


Matthew Bradby <mattbradby@hotmail.com>

che68@gmx.net <che68@gmx.net>

Mary Kalemkerian <m.kalemkerian@yahoo.co.uk>

Karen Loasby <karen.loasby@gmail.com>

pauline.syddell@met.pnn.police.uk <pauline.syddell@met.pnn.police.uk>

charles.adje@haringey.gov.uk <charles.adje@haringey.gov.uk>

anne.stennett@haringey.gov.uk <anne.stennett@haringey.gov.uk>

Gideon Bull NHSI (gideon.bull2@nhs.net) <gideon.bull2@nh
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Friedrich Ernst from Tower Gardens · 20 Jun
Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting

Title:

Tower Gardens Residents Group meeting

Location: Larkspur close; Larkspur Cl, London N17 7BZ

Offsite

When:

Tue 20 Jun 2017 18:00 – 19:30

Organiser:

TGRG Tower Gardens Residents Group

Description: Agenda so far, CPZ, changes at Gospatrick Road?
Road safety: junction Roundway East and West to Lordship Lane
Garden Waste
Fly dipping

Attendees:

Matthew Bradby <mattbradby@hotmail.com>

Friedrich Ernst <che68@gmx.net>

Mary Kalemkerian <m.kalemkerian@yahoo.co.uk>

Karen Loasby <karen.loasby@gmail.com>

pauline.syddell@met.pnn.police.uk <pauline.syddell@met.pnn.police.uk>

charles.adje@haringey.gov.uk <charles.adje@haringey.gov.uk>

anne.stennett@haringey.gov.uk <anne.stennett@haringey.gov.uk>

Gideon Bull NHSI (gideon.bull2@nhs.net) <gideon.bull2@nhs.n
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