20 Scarborough Street

Late-1980s houses, site of c.1850 terraced houses, and former tenter ground | Part of Scarborough Street

2–32 Scarborough Street 
Contributed by Survey of London on Aug. 4, 2020

There was some bomb-damage repair of the eleven houses that survived on the south side of Scarborough Street’s west end in 1949–51. However, plans for a large commercial building on the site were approved in 1956 and after 1960 the whole block was cleared, used for a short time as a site for mobile homes, and then given over to car parking. Tower Hamlets Council approved residential development of the block in late 1980, shortly before the site became one of sixteen across London to be protected by the Greater London Council’s Community Areas Policy, introduced by the Council’s Labour administration in 1981 to preserve established residential areas in deprived localities on the margins of central London against development pressures, especially office expansion. This support for community-based development fell away upon the Conservative government’s abolition of the GLC in 1986, but details for the development of this site with terraced housing had been approved in 1984 and the sixteen three-storey brown-brick houses at 2–32 Scarborough Street were up by 1989. Grouped as five, six and five, the two-bay houses in the central group are somewhat larger than those to either side.1

  1. Ordnance Survey maps: Goad insurance maps: Tower Hamlets planning applications online: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, Building Control file 23558: interview with John Biggs by Shahed Saleem, 25 April 2016 

Looking north from South Tenter Street, August 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Looking north east from South Tenter Street, August 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall