Contributed by Survey of London on April 7, 2017
Spelman House was built in 1939 for the London County Council on land that had
been acquired but not used for extension of Chicksand Street School. Along
with Chicksand House, diagonally opposite (in Mile End New Town), it formed
the first part of the Chicksand Estate. These stock-brick balcony-access five-
storey walk-up blocks are of a type established by the LCC in 1934 and widely
built. The L-plan Spelman House has thirty-three flats, the U-plan Chicksand
House seventy. The builder was A. T. Rowley of Tottenham.
A room with a view
Contributed by f.ciufo on Jan. 27, 2018
I lived in Spelman House from October 2016 to April 2017. The area around
Brick Lane is incredibly lively and multicultural. The buildings around have
human scale and there is an enjoyable transition between the confusion of
Liverpool Street Station and the peaceful atmosphere of the neighbourhood.
From my flat I had an amazing view of the skyscrapers of London.