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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Other Subjects

Girls Friendly Society

Girls Friendly Society

From English Heritage: "... founded in 1875 by Mary Townsend as an Anglican organisation that offered care and support to such women, through seven 'lodges' across west London, in areas like Ealing...

Group, Gender Issues, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Rosehaugh Stanhope self-build housing initiative for the unemployed

Rosehaugh Stanhope self-build housing initiative for the unemployed

Rosehaugh Stanhope Developments was responsible for a number of high-profile developments in the City, such as Broadgate. The Independent's 1992 report on the failure of the Rosehaugh company descr...

Concept, Property, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Bishop and opponent of apartheid and campaigner on many other causes: AIDS, homophobia, etc.  Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. His Wikipedia page and obituary confirm that he died, aged 90 ...

Person, Peace, Race Issues, Religion, Seriously Famous, Social Welfare, South Africa

1 memorial
North Islington Infant Welfare Centre and School for Mothers

North Islington Infant Welfare Centre and School for Mothers

Founded by Florence Keen.  1983 renamed 'Manor Gardens Centre'.

Group, Children, Social Welfare

2 memorials
Robert Owen

Robert Owen

Socialist and philanthropist, father of the Co-operative movement. Born Wales. Learned the fabric trade and in 1784 was in London working for a retailer. But he quickly moved to Manchester where he...

Person, Industry, Paranormal, Social Welfare, Scotland, USA, Wales

1 memorial