History of Noel Park

Noel Park itself is a special place to live with its wide streets with mainly terraced housing. It has a remarkable significance in the history of architecture and social housing, now recognised by its status as a designated Conservation Area. The construction of the estate notably came at a pivotal moment in the evolution of Council Housing. <strong>The design and construction of Noel Park </strong>Noel Park was the third of five estates in London to be built by the Artizans', Labourers' and General Dwellings Company (A.L.& G.D.Co). The 100 acre site, once Dovecote Farm, was purchased by the company in 1882 for £56,345. Building was largely completed by 1907, although a further spurt of building, in a different style, took place in the 1920s.

On completion, the estate numbered more than 2,000, houses with a density of 27 houses per acre. It also included Cheapside shopping parade, and the Empire Theatre.

The architect of the original estate was Roland Plumbe, (also Church architect) who followed the company style of the earlier A.L.& G.D. Co's estates in Clapham and Queens Park. Terraces with ornate porches, decorative brickwork, and occasional gables and corner turrets, feature in a mixture of Gothic and Jolly Queen Ann revivals. There is an overall harmony of design within the estate, but each Avenue and Road is different, having its own unique identity.

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