This walk examines the question of identity and housing tenure. Until the London Docklands Development Corporation began work on Canary Wharf in the 1980s, over 90 per cent of housing on the Isle of Dogs was council. There has been a dramatic shift towards home ownership and private renting, which has affected the the Island profoundly, and raises questions about the identity of the incomers, in relation to the traditional Docklands families. Yet close to the new private towers, pockets of valuable public housing remain- a testament to the radical polices of Poplar council from the 1920s onwards, which began with building Homes for Heroes, and ended with Greater London Council estates, built to much higher space standards than now. This tour will look at public housing from the 1920s to the 1970s and look at how the intensity of development is affecting the identity of the Islanders.
14:00 - 16:00
Herons's Quay E14 4JB
In front of station, facing Canary Wharf