Housing estate in the Elephant and Castle; 2009
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Housing estate in the Elephant and Castle; 2009

John Chase

© Museum of London

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The Aylesbury Estate is a large housing estate located in Walworth, South East London.
The estate was designed by architect Derek Winch and construction started in 1963. Built on 285,000 square metres the estate was an attempt by planners to house some of London's poorest families. The 2,700 dwellings were designed to house a population of roughly 10,000 residents, making it one of the largest public housing estate in Europe.
On 27 September 2005, the London Borough of Southwark decided that rather than spend £350 million updating the estate to basic living standards they would order its demolition and replace the dwellings with modern houses controlled by a housing association.

Along with the Ferrier Estate, Aylesbury is considered the most notorious estate in the U K. It was for this reason that Tony Blair chose to make his first speech as Prime Minister here, in an effort to demonstrate that the government would care for the poorest elements of society. The estate is often used as a typical example of urban decay.





2009 AD - 2009 AD

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