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Old Oak Estate Hammersmith & Fulham
Summary: The Old Oak Estate is an early LCC estate built from 1911 onwards on land acquired from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. It was constructed in 2 phases and consists of cottage-style houses set back from the roads around grassed areas planted with trees, with small front gardens behind privet hedges. With its street trees and grass verges, and use of traditional materials, the estate shows the influence of the Garden Suburb movement then prevalent. A new community garden has been created, although over the years hedges and trees have been lost.
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Site location: Group of streets between Old Oak Common Lane, Du Cane Road and Wormwood Scrubs
Postcode: W12 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1911 onwards
Designer(s): LCC: A S Soutar, F J Lucas, J M Corment
Listed structures:
Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
Site ownership: LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Site management: Housing Department
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: East Acton (Central). Bus: 7, 70, 72, 283
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2004
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

In 1905 the LCC purchased 54 acres of land from the Ecclesiastical Commisisoners in order to build new public housing, subsequently selling 8 acres to the Great Western Railway for the branch line between Ealing and Shepherds Bush. The first phase of the Old Oak Estate was constructed to the west of the railway in 1912-13, with the second phase to the east built in 1920-23 and an additional 14 houses were built in 1927. Designed by LCC architects A S Soutar, F J Lucas, and J M Corment, the cottage-style estate with its two-storey red brick houses is notable for the use of privet hedges, street trees, grass verges and front gardens, consistent with the garden suburb ethos of the period. The design was clearly influenced by Hampstead Garden Suburb and the architects drawings show more elaborate planting than now exists, so it seems likely that the original plan was not fully executed.

Sources consulted:

A Quinley, 'House and Home: a history of the small English house' (1986) BBC London [chapter 6 'Cottages for all' includes Old Oak Estate]; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed) p223; LB Hammersmith & Fulham 'Wormholt and Old Oak Design Guidelines'
Grid ref: TQ216811
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: Old Oak and Wormholt Estates CA12 1975
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Some Article 4 Directions

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