The Waterlow Estate
Comprising Wilmot, Corfield, Ainsley and Finnis Street in Bethnal Green, East London the Waterlow Estate was built by the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company starting in 1869. The Estate was the largest of all the IIDC developments and the majority of it still stands today.
About this site
When I started researching the history of the Waterlow Estate a few years ago I realised that with enough time and digging there’s plenty of information to be found, but rather than just leave this information scattered across the web and gathering dust in various archives I decided to pool everything together and leave it here for others to enjoy
Along with the more factual content I’d really love to bring to life the personal histories of those that have lived in the buildings over the years. As such I’m really keen to hear from past tenants of the Estate, especially if you’re prepared to share your experiences and photographs.
There’s a couple of posts I’m working on .. if you could help me fill in some details I would love to hear from you:
- I’d love to hear stories about The Lamb pub on the corner of Wilmot Street and Three Colts Lane.
- I’ve heard a rumour about a man who lived on Wilmot Street in the 1960s who won the pools. Apparently he paid the rent of everyone nearby, can anyone tell me more about this story ?
- Does anyone know where the Wilmot, Corfield, Ainsley and Finis Street names come from ?
- Does anyone remember Copelands stationers on Ainsley and Wilmot street ?
- Was there a horse knackers yard on Three Colts Lane ?
- I’m putting together a longer series of posts about the streets that were cleared in the 50s and 60s to create Weavers Fields. Did anyone live on those streets that could tell me more about them ?
- What was Ayshford house in Weavers fields ?
Please get in touch via the comments section below with any information or corrections.