The Beaconsfield Buildings in Kings Cross: c.1960
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London
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Situated off the Caledonian Road, the Beaconsfield Buildings were designed by Charles Barry jnr. and were built by the Victoria Dwellings Association in the late 1870s.They aimed to provide 'healthy and comfortable housing for the labouring classes'. The 383 flats were an attempt to alleviate overcrowding, but quickly came to provide accommodation for over 1000 people. Conditions deteriorated and the buildings becoming known as 'The Crumbles'. The flats were cleared during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the site became Bingfield park and adventure playground.
1960 AD - 1960 AD