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Numbers 257-61 and Retaining Walls

A Grade II Listed Building in London Borough of Wandsworth, London, London

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Latitude: 51.4502 / 51°27'0"N

Longitude: -0.2461 / 0°14'46"W

OS Eastings: 521968

OS Northings: 173811

OS Grid: TQ219738

Mapcode National: GBR 9Q.8MN

Mapcode Global: VHGR3.PT75

Plus Code: 9C3XFQ23+3G

Entry Name: Numbers 257-61 and Retaining Walls

Listing Date: 22 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1246019

English Heritage Legacy ID: 472047

Location: Wandsworth, London, SW15

County: London

District: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Roehampton

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Roehampton Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


1207/19/10073 Nos. 257-61 (Odd) and retaining walls


Staggered terrace of three bungalows for the elderly. Designed 1952-3; built 1957 -8 by the London County Council's Architect's Department Housing Division, Colin Lucas Architect in Charge, J A Partridge, W G Howell,] A W KiIlick, S F Amis,] R Galley and R Stout job architects. Brick and concrete cross-wall construction, With roughcast infill panels; flat roofs counterbalanced by high concrete stacks that give the group great character. The rectangle of each single-storey unit incorporates recessed porches to front and back. The glazing and panels under windows renewed in UPVC, to a pattern resembling the original. Flush timber doors retain the original design. Storage area, formerly a fuel store, incorporated in front wall. Retaining walls enclose a small garden area to front, at rear the open grassed area is part of the group's composition. Interiors comprise a large single room with fireplace, linen cupboard and bed recess; kitchen and bathroom not of special interest.
The groups of old people's dwellings are a charming feature of the Alton West development. Their small scale is a deliberate counterpoise to the great slabs and point blocks around, a contrast made further explicit in the quirky, unexpected chimneys. This combination of very large and very tiny buildings exemplifies the concept of 'mixed development'; with houses and flats to suit all ages and needs, of which Alton West is the ultimate expression. These bungalows also form a strong group with the C 18 Mount Clare behind. 'Their informal tight grouping and open roadways achieve almost the character of the original parklands, yet these tiny units take their place exceedingly well with the tall blocks across the spine road and on the higher slope' (prefabrication, November 1958). Bruckmann H and Lewis D L: New Housing in Great Britain: Stuttgart: 1960-: 60-99; Architecture and Building: London:June 1959-,: 222-7; Prefabrication: London: November 1958-: 594-7).

Listing NGR: TQ2196873811

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