Keynsham Gardens, SE9

Road in/near Mottingham, existing between 1923 and now

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Keynsham Gardens was built as part of the 1920s Page Estate.

During 1919, the Minister of Health, Christopher Addison published his ’1919 Housing and Town Planning Act’. Part of the initiative was due to Lloyd George’s ’homes fit for heroes’ slogan - the Act was part of the post-First World War plans to provide improved housing for working people.

Woolwich Metropolitan Borough identified a site of 344 acres, bisected by the Southern Railway, that same year. The name 'Page' was inherited from Sir Gregory Page. In 1733, Sir Gregory bought the nearby manor of Well Hall for £19 000. He built Page House – later known as Well Hall House. Until its 1931 demolition, Well Hall House was home to watchmaker John Arnold and later to socialist Hubert Bland and author Edith Nesbit.

What became named the Page Estate was designed to provide 2700 new homes using the then-fashionable garden city model - a density of only around 12 houses per acre and all constructed with both front and back gardens and bathrooms. The estate was ’all-electric’ - not a gas fire or stove in sight - designed for a future of vacuum cleaners and electric irons. Four new schools were built to serve the incoming population.

One of the attractions of the location was that to the east and south, the new area was already served by two railway stations and by trams.

85 acres of the purchase by Woolwich Council was deemed unsuitable for building and set aside for large open greens, smaller greens and children’s playgrounds.

The total cost of building the Page Estate was just over £1 million and in February 1920, the estate was formally inaugurated by Minister Addison who called the estate the "largest housing scheme undertaken by any Metropolitan Borough".

The official opening year was 1923 and building continued through the 1920s.

A shopping parade was opened late in the 1920s including a chemist, a baker, a fishmonger and a branch of the Royal Arsenal Cooperative Society. In 1929, the 2186th house (49 Kidbrooke Lane) was completed.

The smallest homes on the estate had a living room and three bedrooms – these were let at just over 14 shillings a week. The largest houses, with a living room and four bedrooms, had a rent of 19/-.




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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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David James Bloomfield   
Added: 13 Jul 2021 11:54 GMT   

Hurstway Street, W10
Jimmy Bloomfield who played for Arsenal in the 1950s was brought up on this street. He was a QPR supporter as a child, as many locals would be at the time, as a teen he was rejected by them as being too small. They’d made a mistake

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Added: 6 Jul 2021 05:38 GMT   

Wren Road in the 1950s and 60s
Living in Grove Lane I knew Wren Road; my grandfather’s bank, Lloyds, was on the corner; the Scout District had their office in the Congregational Church and the entrance to the back of the Police station with the stables and horses was off it. Now very changed - smile.

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fariba   
Added: 28 Jun 2021 00:48 GMT   

Tower Bridge Business Complex, S
need for my coursework

Source: university

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Kim Johnson   
Added: 24 Jun 2021 19:17 GMT   

Limehouse Causeway (1908)
My great grandparents were the first to live in 15 Tomlins Terrace, then my grandparents and parents after marriage. I spent the first two years of my life there. My nan and her family lived at number 13 Tomlins Terrace. My maternal grandmother lived in Maroon house, Blount Street with my uncle. Nan, my mum and her brothers were bombed out three times during the war.

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Peter H Davies   
Added: 17 Jun 2021 09:33 GMT   

Ethelburga Estate
The Ethelburga Estate - named after Ethelburga Road - was an LCC development dating between 1963–65. According to the Wikipedia, it has a "pleasant knitting together of a series of internal squares". I have to add that it’s extremely dull :)

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Lynsted Gardens on the Page Estate, Eltham (1929)
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