Plaque

Bridge House Estates housing - Silex Street

Erection date: 18/6/1935

Inscription

Corporation of London
This stone was laid by the Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Henry Molyneux Killik, KCVO, Lord Mayor of London, on the 18th day of June 1935.
John Stopher Esq FSI FAI, Deputy Chairman of the Bridge House Estates Committee
Walter Lawrence & Son Ltd - Contractors
Victor Wilkins, FRIBA - Architect

Site: Bridge House Estates housing - Silex Street (2 memorials)

SE1, Silex Street, Stopher House

The small black plaque above the door shows the Bridge House Estates symbol. A number of other blocks of flats in this area carry similar plaques.

The stone foundation plaque can be seen in our photo, low, to the left of the door.

We noticed the little Bridge Mark on a number of blocks of flats in this area: e.g. Stopher House and Pakeman House. This Guildhall Historical Association paper explains the background which was a proposed new St Paul's Bridge. This involved the acquisition, from 1911, of land to provide approach roads and other nearby land to rehouse the population evicted from the former. But the project was cancelled leaving the BHE owning a large quantity of sub-standard property. Under pressure from Southwark Council BHE redeveloped much of it and these rather nice 1930's buildings are the result. The paper is not dated but at the time the BHE owned 366 flats in the area which were managed on their behalf by the Corporation of the City of London's Housing Department. We don't know if that is still the case. Ian Visits has a more detailed post on the St Paul's Bridge that never was.

The Bridge Mark also appears on the magnificent 1899 Passmore Edwards Library in nearby Borough Road. Presumably the BHE contributed land or funds for the library.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Bridge House Estates housing - Silex Street

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Bridge House Estates

Established to maintain London Bridge. Named after Bridge House, the original...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Bridge House Estates housing - Silex Street

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Walter Lawrence & Son Ltd

Building firm active in 1935.

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Sir Stephen Henry Molyneux Killik

Lord Mayor of London 1934-5.  From the Fanmakers: "elected Lord Mayor in 1934...

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John Stopher

Deputy Chairman of the Bridge House Estates Committee in 1935.

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Victor Wilkins

Architect.  Peabody's architect from 1910 to 1947.

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Bridge House Estates housing - Silex Street

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Bridge House Estates - Silex Street

Bridge House Estates - Silex Street

Not a memorial really, more a mark of ownership.

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