Residence: London Borough of Lambeth

Note: I have moved to a new property due to the re-development of the Myatts Field North Estate, but I’m still going to be a Londoner and in the district of SW9 in North Brixton.

District: Stockwell
(as the SW9 postcode is: Stockwell, Brixton (part), Clapham (part), and Oval (part) in Lambeth)

NEW HOME

Property Type: House (Housing Assocation)

Name mscreen-capture-73eaning for Loughborough Junction: ‘Lough’ is Irish. for 1. A lake. 2. A bay or an inlet of the sea. [Middle English, from Old English luh, ultimately from Old Irish loch.] lough (lɒx; lɒk). And ‘Borough’ is the Anglo-Saxon term for a group of houses. Whilst ‘Junction’ from Latin junctiō a joining, from junctus joined, from jungere to join.

Therefore, I think, that the River Effra ran along here and they built houses and made a lake here, which was fenced off from the main road of North Brixton, (see map to the bottom right hand corner which bears this out).

I live in a new development of a cul de sac, and the street name is called Major Close, named after John Major, the Conservative MP and former Prime Minister of the UK.

 

OLD HOME

Property Type:  Maisonette (Public Housing)
This illustration aside left is the ariel terrain of where I live, which I have been living as a resident since 21st April 1991 until 2014, that is, Myatts Field North Estate, that’s ideally situated to all the community amenities and the local facilities, whilst still having access to those in the surrounding boroughs.

The research that I have carried out, that was part of my architectural course project on dwellings, was on that of Myatts Field North.  And with regards to the location of the site, it was originally first associated with market gardens, which was famous in horticultural circles.

But historically, the location of the Myatts family’s holding in Lambeth is unknown, for in 1848 James Myatts bought land to the North of the Minet Estate in the neighbourhood of Myatts Road of which he, with others, become the developer of and built the Victorian terrace housing for the fairly comfortably off working class family.

And today, I do have in my possession a copy of the architectural plans of Myatts Field North Est., that was originally built in the early 1970s, by the Architects Department at Lambeth Town Hall, that came under the direction of Edward ‘Ted’ Hollamby (1921-1999), the architect, planner and conservationist.

For which the overall purpose of building Myatts Field North Estate in this particular way, as can be seen from the map on the right hand side, was that it was:

“…to have pleasing views from the dwellings to surrounding areas, contrasting softly with the architectural form of the buildings…” (source: Development Plans for Myatts Field North Estate, L.B. Lambeth/BDD/1/91 (1&2) Minet Archives Library)

which has been been carried out as architecturally intended from the plans. And it maybe wondered, but how did Ted Hollamby, being that he was also a conservationist as well, put into practice this part of his credo, for which the answer is, yes he did this too at Myatts Field North, for he used every brick that was from the old Victorian terrace housing and recycled it to build Myatts Field North Estate.

As the building structures are of a ‘late mixed housing’ development type, meaning it contains a variety of dwellings, from bungalows, studio flats, two storey terraced housing to three storey maisonettes (the latter type being of my home), which was mixed together in their construction on the same site of Myatts Field.

But whilst maintaining sufficient open green spaces, that actually wraps around the whole estate, which the garden approximately equates roughly to 4 hectares (11 acres) of mature trees including willow trees, beech trees, honey locust trees and cherry trees that is characterised by man-made mounds of mown grass that makes up Mostyn Gardens. But re-development has changed this in recent times.

And Mostyn Gardens, was duly named after the British painting artist, Thomas Edwin Mostyn, 1864-1930, and the Dan Leno Gardens duly named after the comedian Dan Leno, 1860-1904, (and of whom Cary Grant, 1904-1986, the actor, then lived in that very same house of Dan Leno years later, which is just down the road from me, for a short while before sailing to the USA).

As well as, St John the Divine church which is in the decorated Gothic style, and is a Grade I listed building, that in 2005 rang out the bells as I requested, with the hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ for all of ten minutes, thank you, it was a challenging ‘ring of the bells’ piece for the bell ringers I know, but lovely to have heard it in that way.

All these places are situated adjacent to Myatts Field North Estate.

I live in the area of South London, and have been a resident in North Lambeth (see map above) situated in the London Borough of Lambeth, having changed its name in 1965 from the Metropolitan Borough of Lambeth, since I was the age of five years old; having been born in Central London, that of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, then having moved on from the residence in the West London Borough of Fulham, to this side of the River Thames being in the most southerly direction and its corresponding London Bridges to the London Borough of Lambeth (also see weblink to the: 32 London Boroughs for further details.)

Demonym: Londoner

The Latin motto for the London coat of arms is:
loci dulcedo nos attinet
meaning ‘the pleasantness of the place holds us’.

I was born, raised and reside in London to be a Londoner, just happen to be doing a Lambeth Walk.

“…The British and English capital is, increasingly, a city which belongs to neither country but to the world. London is a centre for international organizations, its most profitable activity, the trade in money, beating to a pulse that knows no national borders. For the rest, it conforms to the English belief that the ‘real’ country is somewhere else. When they want to praise London the English say it is ‘a collection of villages’, a description which, while it may explain much of its chaotic charm, would never be uttered by a truly proud urbanite. Londoners were willing to build monuments, like Trafalgar Square, but not to plan a coherent, liveable whole…” (The English: a portrait of a people by Jeremy Paxman)

Weblink Article: A love affair with a city like London demands much more than an air-kiss.

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