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Hillview Estate Camden
Summary: The Hillview Estate was built in the 1890s to house the poor and today comprises 210 flats, a layout of mansion blocks around central courtyards. Once bleak spaces these have been transformed into gardens. The area, once known for high levels of crime and prostitution, is now greatly improved although it was faced with demolition by Camden Council, unable to afford the necessary modernisation. However, the residents' collective, Short Life Community Housing, was able to save the estate and the buildings were sold to the Community Housing Association, now One Housing Group. Hillview has long been the home of actors, artists and musicians, including Kenneth Williams, Shane McGowan of The Pogues and for 25 years held an annual community festival. The courtyard gardens between the blocks show different characters.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Whidborne Street
Postcode: WC1H 8HJ > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1890s
Listed structures:
Borough: Camden
Site ownership: One Housing Group
Site management: One Housing Group
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: King's Cross. Bus: 10, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 390, 476
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Sources consulted:

OGSW booklet 2010
Grid ref: TQ303826
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Area of Special Character: Central London Area
Other LA designation:

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