Peabody Square, Islington


“Model Dwellings for the Peabody Trust, now flats 1864-65 by Henry Darbishire. English bond banded stock and grey brick. Slate roof. Eleven symmetrically placed brick stacks. Rectangular eleven window range with set-back narrow three window ends. Five storeys, with 3/3 sashes to lower floors, attic with three narrow casements per bay. Central opening under painted brick arch, with C20 door. Painted brick roundels between second and third, and ninth and tenth, bays on each floor. Saw-tooth brickwork band at second floor, heavy dentil cornice of artificial stone. Rear elevation identical but large four-light staircase windows set under recessed pointed arch rising through centre of four storeys and with ‘P’ in roundel over. Doors for refuse collection on ground floor. INTERIOR: originally a series of two and three room suites let weekly, with shared kitchens and lavatories in the narrow ends. This plan still recognisable in arrangement of twenty flats set along original corridors. Included as the first Peabody estate arranged in what became a standard design across London, and the most elaborate. It was the second Peabody scheme overall.”

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