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Pollard's Hill

Pollards Hill is an area of high ground to the south of Streatham, situated to the west of the London Road on the outskirts of the present-day Norbury. Prior to Victorian development of the area Pollards Hill was an eerie and remote place. It is the highest spot in the area providing commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Originally it formed part of the great North Wood, vestiges of which remained at the summit of the hill as recently as the 1890s and was known as Pollards Hill Wood. Even in the 1880s the area was still considered to be remote and few people ventured into the Wood.

Low rise housing by the Borough architect. Strikingly humane. LB Merton. Application of Cambridge School of Architecture into Fresnel Square. Rationalism of London squares. Density of 250 people hectare in three storey houses and public space but rigid and indivisible, emptiness of central space   Prime example of Perimeter planning.  1968-71 by the Borough Architect's Department. At.Kitchen project architect, with R. McCormack, P. Bell, D.Lea, N. Alexander. A locus classicus of the high-density, low-rise housing that began to be developed in the 1960s as an alternative to the high-rise schemes of the previous decade. A brilliantly concise layout of three-storey houses and flats in an ingenious rectilinear Greek-key meander around the edges of the 41-acre site - a development from Sir Leslie Martin and Lionel March's theories of perimeter planning. Three types of open space are provided: tiny private backyards, small grassy squares partly enclosed by the inner sides of each meander, and a park. On this side a library and community centre. The outer sides of the terraces have integral garages and face rather monotonous garage courts. The single- aspect flats at the corners also have disadvantages. But the total impression is strikingly humane in comparison with so much other housing of the same period, and ten years later, there were few overt signs of dissatisfaction. The pristine appearance is due to the crisp contrast between the dark wooden window frames and the gleaming white stove-enamel panels which enclose the prefabricated concrete framework, their starkness reduced by much lush planting around the backyards.

Roman road

Bridge from Stane Street.

South Lodge Avenue

Park. Unusually generous in scale but disappointingly flat and featureless.

Library and Community Centre, 1969-70 and 1970-2 by M. Kitchen of the Borough Architect's Department. One-storeyed, with emphatically projecting flat roofs, handsome complements to this housing estate around

William Morris Middle School, 1970-2 by the Borough Architect's Department, S. de Grey, R. Padovan, planned for 600 children. The first new middle school in Merton, one of the few London boroughs to adopt a three-tier education system. A low rectangle with flexibly planned teaching areas with movable partitions on either side of a service core. The poor natural lighting that results from the deep plan is improved only by the central botanical court with glazed pyramid roof. MACE structure, as usual not specially attractive externally

Warwick Road

St Stephen, 1908


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