Oakend House

These are the tall flats immediately behind the shops in Woodberry Grove and overlooking the reservoir. They are in yellow stock brick with a shallow pitched roof and metal framed win­dows and doors. Each flat has a balcony, built out on a reinforced concrete jetty. The protective guards are simple wire grilles which give the whole building a sense of lightness and freedom.

These flats were built in about 1950 and are the first generation of designs for Public Authority Flats after the 1939-45 War. They were designed about the same time as the Festival of Britain.

The first people to move into these flats were those bombed out in Bethnal Green and other Central London areas, grossly overcrowded. families and those whose houses were being cleared for building„ It was a migration out from the centre to a brand new environment.


A Modern Detached House

This is a modern, two-storey, detached house with a built-in garage, in brown brick. The roof has a fairly low pitch, so pantiles have been used instead of normal flat tiles, or slates, as these would leak at this angle. Pantiles form a series of parallel gutters, so there is very little chance of leaking. In Greece and Italy , where the rain is less common than here, the roofs are low-pitched, but because the rain is sometimes fierce, they use pantiles. These look attractive but are expensive. These ones are capped with round ridge tiles.

The house has large modern metal picture windows, a plain plywood door, and tongue and grooved garage doors, all painted blue.

1949 Ordnance Survey

Oakend House Plan

Updated: October 7, 2011