House on the corner of Albion Road, Stoke Newington, London. Thomas Cubitt. 1831. White stucco. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. 2008. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

One of Thomas Cubitt's first investments was a parcel of plots in Stoke Newington in 1821. In spite of being so close to the City, this area was then quite undeveloped. Cubitt laid out wide roads and built 70 or so substantial houses here, both before and concurrent with his better-known housing developments in Belgravia and Pimlico. He worked here until about 1837. Since he built to last, some of these neo-classical villas remain to this day, despite the air raids of World War II. This straightforward four-square stuccoed villa is a good example, and as such has been entered on the Heritage Buildings Register.

Sources

Halliday, Stephen. Making the Metropolis: Creators of Victorian London. Derby: Breedon, 2003.

"Thomas Cubitt, Builder (1788-1855) and Albion Road". Viewed 2 October 2008 (a very helpfully illustrated local history site).


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