1813 Walk: Romford Garden Suburb

Saturday 30 June 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Price for single attendee: £0.00

Led by William Davies and members of the Gidea Park Civic Society. Romford Garden Suburb was built in 1910/1911. It is generally considered to be an architecturally pleasing example of an Edwardian garden suburb. The architects who designed the houses comprise most of the influential figures of the late Arts and Crafts movement, including H Baillie Scott, W Curtis Green, Courtney Crickmer, Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, Bunney & Makins and Clough Williams-Ellis. The Suburb was developed by Herbert Raphael MP who in 1897 had acquired the mid-Georgian Gidea Hall and its estate of some 500 acres. The suburb was laid out on 440 acres of the Gidea Hall land and on 60 acres of land purchased from an adjoining estate. The development took the form of an Exhibition and Competition with 159 houses being constructed for the Exhibition. The Competition was on houses as actually built and not merely on plans as submitted. The Exhibition was opened on 1 June 1911 by the Rt. Hon. John Burns MP, President of the Local Government Board. A new railway station was built by the Great Eastern Railway to serve the Suburb. In 1934 a Modern Homes Exhibition of modernist houses was opened on land lying just to the north of the Suburb. These houses include one designed by the Tecton practice (Berthold Lubetkin and Francis Skinner). The whole area became a Conservation Area in 1970. Most of the houses are now subject to detailed planning control by virtue of Article 4 Directions.


Event code: 1813

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