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.


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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Thanks to generous funding from Haringey Council and the support of the Mayor of London and part of the 'Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival' we have organised something special for this summer. *We are delighted to invite you to an open air theatre performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Sunday, the 21st of July, 4:30pm.*

Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, is brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production of the Shakespeare classic. Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens…. Come and be enchanted too by this exciting, funny and intriguing new production designed to appeal to the whole family.

Admission is free and the play is suitable for all age groups. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.. All we ask is to bring along a blanket or pillow to sit on. Feel free to bring your own picnic. Please take care in the sun.
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From Nextdoor:

There are reports of a number of serious dog attacks. On Lordship Rec, Downhills Park, Tower Gardens and Westbury Avenue.

A brindle coat bull terrier has been witnessed attacking other dogs and owners. The dog has been off the lead, and with its owner.

I understand that the police have been notified, but that the advice at this stage is to avoid walking dogs in these areas AFTER midday.

Please be very alert and careful.

Please also consider attending your local ward meeting, to ensure that this is being actively pursued by the police.
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