Wednesday 9 July 2014 12.10pm
("Records offer a comprehensive picture from social housing estates")
Ruby, I'm presuming that it was built by the City of London Corporation -- in that it's so similar to the 19th century tenement dwellings CoLC commissioned elsewhere in London. But even if it is simply 'of a style of its day', built by, for example the LCC, and subsequently acquired by the Corporation, as the current freeholder CoLC's Planning and/or Housing Department are likely to have 'good records' (as "the world's oldest continuously elected local government body", 950 years into the job, they invariably do!)
CoLC Planning's 'home' in the North Wing of Guildhall (Monday to Friday until 4.30pm) -- map/directions... http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/who-we-are/Pages/how-to-find-us.aspx
-- would be a good place to start, even if the duty officer then re-directs you to colleagues within the Heritage or Community Development teams. I certainly know that the latter team -- assisted by Kirsty Leitch Community Development Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org
) -- is working with Tower Hamlets residents living on a CoL estate near Petticoat Lane to develop a oral history project about their homes and lives, essentially as part of the World War commemoration. So yes, they should have some useful research contact details etc to hand!
Otherwise, with reference to the URL/link at the top of this message, a visit onwards from EC2 to EC1, as many of CoLC's 'historical records' are in fact held off-site at places such as London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell, on behalf of the Corporation -- directions/map http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/visiting-the-city/archives-and-city-history/london-metropolitan-archives/visitor-information/Pages/How%20to%20get%20here.aspx
Ruby, good luck ...and if you need any inspiration as to where this all might take you, you need look no further than performance artist's Fran MS's "Me Myself and Mrs Gibb" -- http://www.francescamillicanslater.co.uk/current-project/me-myself-and-mrs-gibbs/
-- a wonderful insight into when a Douglas Buildings on Marshalsea
Get yourself a little bit of funding (not impossible!) and you could then ask, without reservation, for the help of Stephen Humphrey -- easily the area's most knowledgeable and generous local historians, ex Southwark Local History Library
at John Harvard Library
, on Borough High Street
, until L.B. Southwark 'streamlined' the team four years ago!
Stephen is still 'around' giving talks and advice and all of us the benefit of a lifetime dedicated to SE1 -- http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/7251
. There really is no-one who knows our streets and buildings better, but with Stephen having been made redundant -- against all our wishes and complaints to those in 'high places' in Peckham who make such decisions in favour of the 'Southwark South' -- it seems only fair that we collectively now put a value on Stephen's 'services', although he would also no doubt be useful in directing any history project to potential sources of funding, especially if a book or some community resource were to come out of it :-)
Ruby, go research and enjoy :-)