Sunday 22 January 2006 4.17pm
From the London County Council's photo collection housed on the European Visual Archive
image id: EVA1009599/SC/PHL/01037281/1338392.0 NELB9748
title: Nelson Square
description: Three and four storey Georgian houses on north side of square: front elevations with people standing on balconies
photographer: Greater London Council
in collection: London Metropolitan Archives (lma)
Margaret, I think you are getting confused by the entry on the Christchurch site.
The houses are much older than 1887. They were built as residences for wealthy city people after the opening of Blackfriars Bridge
, but the growth of industry on the south bank and easy rail commuting to leafier suburbs meant that the social status of the area around Nelson Square
had plummeted by the time that the Womens University Settlement took them over.
See the Poverty surveyor Charles Booth's note of the square's status in1899 here
and his (by modern standards breathtakingly sexist) record of his interview with the ladies of the settlement here
They are now the only remaining houses around the square, which was redeveloped after bomb damage with 8-10 storey blocks of flats.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 22 January 2006 4.36pm by Lang