HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Historic England research records Result
Historic England research recordsPrintable version | About Historic England research records

Historic England Research Records

Golden Lane Estate

Hob Uid: 1546373
Location :
Greater London Authority
City and County of the City of London, Islington
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ3217582122
Summary : The Golden Lane Estate was built between 1952 and 1963 to the designs of the architectural practice Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The brief was for 940 mainly small flats but this was later expanded following the purchase of additional land. As completed, the estate contained 1400 flats and maisonettes, a swimming pool and badminton court, a bowling green (now tennis courts), a nursery and playground, a community centre and club room, a row of shops and a pub; the Shakespeare. The basic layout is of a 17-storey tower of small flats; Great Arthur House, surrounded by three and six-storey mainly linear blocks of larger flats and maisonettes and communal facilities with some green spaces between. The philosophy behind it was to account for every element of space, provision of a wide range of facilities and replacement of the pre-war road pattern, making an inward-facing development around a series of courtyards.The buildings are largely built of reinforced concrete or load-bearing brick. The blocks are clad with opaque glazing; the maisonettes with blue and dark-red Pilkington glass panels and Great Arthur house with golden yellow 'Muro' glass in aluminium frames. The finishes include bush-hammered concrete and pick-hammering, among much else. Great Arthur House has a curved oversailing roof feature concealing the lift mechanism and water tanks. The rooftop also provided, as built, a garden with a pergola, stepping stones and pool. The tower was for a short time the tallest inhabited building in England, breaking the London County Council's 100 ft height restriction. The architectural quality of the estate has been heavily lauded; contemporaries such as Ian Nairn acknowledged its 'powerful sense of place'. Latterly it has been considered the most successful of England's housing developments from the early 1950s.
More information : The Golden Lane Estate was built between 1952 and 1963 to the designs of the architectural practice Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. The brief was for 940 mainly small flats but this was later expanded following the purchase of additional land. As completed, the estate contained 1400 flats and maisonettes, a swimming pool and badminton court, a bowling green (now tennis courts), a nursery and playground, a community centre and club room, a row of shops and a pub; the Shakespeare. The basic layout is of a 17-storey tower of small flats; Great Arthur House, surrounded by three and six-storey mainly linear blocks of larger flats and maisonettes and communal facilities with some green spaces between. The philosophy behind it was to account for every element of space, provision of a wide range of facilities and replacement of the pre-war road pattern, making an inward-facing development around a series of courtyards.

The buildings are largely built of reinforced concrete or load-bearing brick. The blocks are clad with opaque glazing; the maisonettes with blue and dark-red Pilkington glass panels and Great Arthur house with golden yellow 'Muro' glass in aluminium frames. The finishes include bush-hammered concrete and pick-hammering, among much else. Great Arthur House has a curved oversailing roof feature concealing the lift mechanism and water tanks. The rooftop also provided, as built, a garden with a pergola, stepping stones and pool. The tower was for a short time the tallest inhabited building in England, breaking the London County Council's 100 ft height restriction. Crescent House to the west, with a profile of segmental curves, was transitional in the work of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, forming an important pre-cursor to the Barbican. The architectural quality of the estate has been heavily lauded; contemporaries such as Ian Nairn acknowledged its 'powerful sense of place'. Latterly it has been considered the most successful of England's housing developments from the early 1950s. (1-3)

At the time of writing (2011) access to the listed building descriptions is through the National Heritage List for England. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : City of London, 04-DEC-1997
Page(s) :
Figs. :
Plates :
Vol(s) :
Source Number : 2
Source : Chamberlin, Powell and Bon
Source details :
Page(s) : 27-38, 133-134
Figs. :
Plates :
Vol(s) :
Source Number : 3
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : English Heritage. 2011. The National Heritage List for England [10-OCT-2011]
Page(s) :
Figs. :
Plates :
Vol(s) :

Monument Types:
Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021941
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021951
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021948
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021945
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021947
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021949
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021944
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021946
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021952
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021943
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021950
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Unified Designation System UID
External Cross Reference Number : 1021942
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466565
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466575
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466572
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466571
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466573
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466568
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466570
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466576
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466574
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 466566
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 38 SW 2728
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :