Documenting the history of the Waterlow Estate in Bethnal Green, East London. Comprising Wilmot, Corfield, Ainsley and Finnis Street the Waterlow Estate was built by the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company starting in 1869.
A random Ebay search recently led me to this postcard sent to a Miss Hunt of 121 Wilmot Street. It’s dated 1909.
I’ve struggled to decipher the handwriting but this is my attempt !
H S Boniface Flats, Springhill, VENTNOR
Dear Liz I should not have thought that London had exhausted it’s supply of P.C’s. Apparently it has if you cannot get one to send me, I’ll send you home a packet, I received Gilbert’s Postcard of Stan for which I thank him. Today is very misty and stormy. Remember me to Mum & Dad and all at home.
Miss G Hunt 121 Wilmot Street Bethnal Green London
John has many memories of the Greencoats Tenants Association, an organisation I’d previously only known in relation to the rent strike in the early 1960s. The community spirit evident in the wide range of activities was forged in the residents struggle with their landlords Greencoat Properties Limited.
Before we get to John’s recollections I thought it’d be useful to detail the events of the strike which was held in response to the state of the buildings and the ever rising rent demands.
Looking at the plans below of the Estate as it stood in 1870 it seems that there were once blocks on either side of Corfield Street, where the Barrett style houses and Ainsley Gardens are now situated.
A close up of the signed and dated text :
There’s a page missing here, I wonder if that had featured the layout of the blocks on Corfield Street ? :
I think this is the layout of the blocks on the West side of Wilmot Street :
As mentioned in another post, I visited the Metropolitan Archive a little while ago and managed to get a look at two IIDC documents. There was a book of land valuations and another of plans for various blocks around London. Both books seemed to be very old or at least featured original plans and documents that were very old (the drawings are dated 1870).
Firstly here’s some images from the valuation book :