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Dan Cruickshank At Arnold Circus

July 19, 2021
by the gentle author

Arnold Circus under construction a century ago

We are delighted to announce that Dan Cruickshank is writing a book about the evolution of the Boundary Estate from the ruins of the Old Nichol. He will be giving a lecture, The Quest for Beauty, based upon his forthcoming book on Thursday 29th July 6pm in the bandstand at Arnold Circus.

Dan’s talk will touch upon the nature of the notorious Old Nichol and the process by which the nascent London County Council’s pioneering project of publicly funded ‘council’ housing was developed. He will look at the architecture of the Boundary Estate and ‘the quest for beauty as a means of raising the quality of life in the area’ as well as examining who the new tenements were built for. In conclusion, he will focus on the controversial current proposals.

This free event is part of the Friends of Arnold Circus Annual General Meeting. It is open to all, but only FOAC members will be able to vote at the initial business section of the evening’s proceedings.

Click here to reserve your free ticket

The empty space after the site was cleared and before the Boundary Estate was built

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  1. Ros permalink
    July 20, 2021

    Now look at that! For all the world as if a spaceship has landed in Arnold Circus. Is it a photo or a drawing from what must be over 120 years ago? The figures besporting themselves on benches look like the anodyne figures of contemporary mockups enjoying themselves in pseudo-desirable spaces once the clearing away of unprofitable history has been achieved…

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