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Albert Cottages

A Grade II Listed Building in Spitalfields & Banglatown, Tower Hamlets

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Latitude: 51.5206 / 51°31'14"N

Longitude: -0.0677 / 0°4'3"W

OS Eastings: 534158

OS Northings: 181954

OS Grid: TQ341819

Mapcode National: GBR X9.X2

Mapcode Global: VHGR0.S11N

Plus Code: 9C3XGWCJ+6W

Entry Name: Albert Cottages

Listing Date: 27 September 1973

Last Amended: 3 December 2002

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1356652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 205921

Location: Spitalfields and Banglatown, Tower Hamlets, London, E1

County: Tower Hamlets

Electoral Ward/Division: Spitalfields & Banglatown

Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Christ Church Spitalfields

Church of England Diocese: London

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788/15/470 DEAL STREET
27-SEP-73 (West side)
Albert Cottages
(Formerly listed as:
Albert Cottages)


Albert Cottages. 19-26 Albert Cottages. Artisans' dwellings. 1858 for the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes. Probably designed by Henry Roberts (1803-1876). Row of none houses, formerly each sub-divided into two units.
PLAN: recatangular plots with wings to the rear, originally comprising three rooms per floor with sanitary facilities; set back behind small gardens, off a paved forecourt.
EXTERIORS: yellow stock brick with red brick door and window surrounds, slate roofs. Each house is two windows wide at the upper floor. Double doors to the ground floor now adapted to single dewelling use. Modern replacement casement windows in place of original sash windows.
INTERIORS: not inspected, believed to be considerably altered.
HISTORY: the Metropolitan Association purchased the site of Victoria [q.v.] and Albert Cottages in 1850: Albert Cottages were built on the site of the late Georgian Pelham Street, which was demolished in 1857. These small cottages, of a kind more commonly found in the north of England, were intended for small artisan families who were unable to pay the higher rents of the larger family units in those dwellings that were beginning to be built by philanthropic housing bodies at this time. Their low-rise density was critized by their own architect, no less, at the time of construction but they now afford a rare insight into the sort of cottage accommodation once common, now scarce, in the East End. The houses were extensively modernised by the Newlon Housing Trust in the late 1970s. The row opposite, to the south, formed part of the same development but the houses have had their doors moved from the front to the back and are not listed. The houses were illustrated in the 1867 edition of Henry Roberts's 'The Dwellings of the Labouring Classes'.
SOURCES: J.M. Tarn, 'Five Per cent Philanthropy' (Cambridge 1973), 26-27; James Stevens Curl, 'The Life and Work of Henry Roberts' (Chichester 1983), 114-115, 196-197.

Listing NGR: TQ3415881954

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