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.

The Waterlow Estate under scaffold

A fantastic news report from Thames TV in 1982. It seems that the buildings were starting to become dangerous in the early 1980s and scaffolding was erected to protect the residents from falling masonry !

Credit to John Mossell of the Waterlow Estate group for finding this gem (


  1. sayma

    As a matter of fact the latter end of Corfield street has scaffolding right now!
    Probably much safer now than in the past.

    • Alan Brown

      I used to live in corfield Street I the nineties and scaffolding was put up..Still living in bethnal Green and pass the waterlow estate regularly and it’s often festooned in scaffolding

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