Place    From 13/7/1966 

Pepys Estate

Categories: Social Welfare

Built by the GLC, the Pepys Estate was opened by Earl Mountbatten. The section to the east of Grove Street stands on the site of the Royal Victoria Victualling Yard.

The excellent Municipal Dreams says " ... in 1958 ... the Admiralty agreed to sell the 11 acre site to the then London County Council for housing, principally for local people being displaced by the demolition of the run-down Victorian terraces which dominated the area. Clearance of the adjoining Grove Street and Windmill Lane areas created a 45 acre site on which eventually would be built around 1500 homes for a population of around 5000."

An information board reads "... The estate originally comprised of around 1,200 homes for local workers. The development was seen as a prestigious move forward in social housing, and a strong community spirit soon emerged. Even Queen Elizabeth II visited the estate. During her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, Her Majesty arrived by river and climbed ‘Drake’s Step’s before meeting the cheering crowd of hundreds.”

The 26-floor Aragon Tower underwent a major renovation and in 2006 the accommodation, with another 3 floors, was sold off as luxury flats. It was claimed that this was necessary in order to regenerate the whole area but the locals were not convinced.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Pepys Estate

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David O'Hara

{Below a crown:} This plaque has been dedicated by the Pepys community in mem...

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Pepys Estate

The Pepys Estate was opened on 13th July 1966 by Admiral of the Fleet, The Ea...

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Missions to Seamen Institute

Missions to Seamen Institute

From Port Cities: " ... the Missions to Seamen organization {was} founded in 1856. Its task was to coordinate the work of various Anglican ministries on behalf of seamen.  The organization's most o...

Group, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Elizabeth Finn

Elizabeth Finn

Born to missionary parents in Warsaw. Aged 72 she and her daughter Constance founded the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association. Died at home in Brook Green.

Person, Social Welfare, Poland

1 memorial
Reverend James Palmer

Reverend James Palmer

In 1656 he founded almshouses in Palmer’s Passage for six poor old men and six poor old women together with a school for the education of twenty boys. Old maps show these almshouses running most of...

Person, Religion, Social Welfare

2 memorials
Terrence Higgins Trust

Terrence Higgins Trust

A charity named for Terrence Higgins, one of the first people to die from the AIDS virus in Britain. It campaigns on and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health. A plaque at 333 Old Str...

Group, Social Welfare

1 memorial
The Honourable Conrad Adderly Dillon

The Honourable Conrad Adderly Dillon

Connected with the Chelsea Temperance Society for 21 years, he was actively engaged in the national temperance organizations and in the development of the “Royal Army Temperance Association” of whi...

Person, Law, Politics & Administration, Social Welfare

1 memorial