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Whittington Estate, including Highgate Newtown Open Space Camden

Summary

This area was developed from the 1860s as Highgate New Town, largely providing working class terraced housing. The Whittington Estate was built in the 1970s as part of post WWII social housing by Camden Council. Built north of Raydon Street, and overlooking Highgate Cemetery, the estate comprises six terraces with strong horizontal lines of balconies and cornices and vertical cross walls. Between each terrace is a pedestrian walkway of a different character, with planting of trees and shrubs to soften the architecture. This landscaping together with other green spaces provided for residents is an integral part of the design.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Highgate New Town

Site location:
Dartmouth Park Hill (Lulot Gardens, Retcar Close, Sandstone Place, Stoneleigh Terrace, Raydon Street)

Postcode:
N19 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1972-78

Designer(s):
Camden Architects' Department

Listed structures:
Local List: 1-97 Lulot Gardens, 1-24 Retcar Place,1-71 Sandstone Place, 1-81 Stoneleigh Terrace

Borough:
Camden

Site ownership:
LB Camden

Site management:
Groundwork Camden and Islington. Whittington Estate Residents Association

Open to public?
Partially

Opening times:
private, but public areas accessible

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Playground

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Archway (Northern). Bus: 143, 210, 271

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.camden.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ288869

Size in hectares:
0.0709 (playground area)

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
Yes

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Dartmouth Park

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space (Small Local)

Whittington Estate, including Highgate Newtown Open Space

Whittington Estate, July 2002. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

This area was developed from the 1860s and known as Highgate New Town, providing terraced housing mainly for the working classes. The name was kept when the Whittington Estate was built in the 1970s as part of post WWII social housing provision by Camden Council, which replaced some but not all of the earlier Victorian housing in the area. It was the first stage of the larger scheme initially planned from 1967 by R Gibson, but later redesigned by Paul Tabori and K Adie of Camden Architects' Department. Later stages included housing schemes in Chester Road and Dartmouth Park Hill. Built north of Raydon Street and ranged up Dartmouth Park Hill, the Whittington Estate comprises six terraces with strong horizontal lines of balconies and cornices on each level and vertical cross walls. There are similarities to the Alexandra Road Estate (q.v.), also built by Camden Architects' Department. Between each terrace is a pedestrian walkway of a different character, with an emphasis on landscape and planting to break up the concrete of the architecture. These green spaces are an integral part of the Whittington Estate and the terrace walkways have an interesting variety of trees and shrubs, some exotic and ornamental species. The estate overlooks the East Cemetery of Highgate Cemetery (q.v.).

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); 'Streets of Highgate' ed. Steven Denford and David A Hayes (Camden History Society Publications, 2007); LB Camden, Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Statement, 2009

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