Celebrate 100 years of council housing at the UK's oldest estate

Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019

boundarybandstandIn July 1919 the Addison Act became law. Local Authorities were given responsibility for building good quality working class housing; ‘homes fit for heroes who have won the war’ as promised by then Prime Minister, David Lloyd George at the end of WW1.

On Saturday 20 July, Tower Hamlets Homes are holding an exhibition featuring the Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green, the UK’s oldest housing estate, completed in 1890.

Held at St Hilda’s East Community Centre in Bethnal Green, by the Boundary Estate, the exhibition tells the story of the rich social history of the estate, from its first residents to present day. Built on the site of a notorious slum (The Old Nichol) the photographs are a fascinating insight into the origins and development of social housing.

The exhibition will be open from 12 midday to 4pm, at St Hilda’s East Community Centre, minutes from the heart of the Boundary Estate, at 18 Club Row, E2 7EY.

Whilst you’re visiting the exhibition why not wander over the fabulous street party that St Hilda’s are holding on the same day, and at the same time, to celebrate 130 years since their formation.  The party will feature singing, dancing, craft making, food and live music.  Completely free to attend, it’s at Rochelle St, which will be closed to traffic and everyone is welcome.

Posted on Tuesday 16th July 2019