Monday, 17 October 2016

Progress Estate History Walks


The Progress Estate may well represent the pinnacle of Garden Suburb design.   The architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, author of the 46-volume county-by-county guides The Buildings of England (1951-74) described it as the first and most spectacular of the Garden suburbs built by the government during the First World War to house munitions workers … a tour de force of picturesque design.   Production at The Royal Arsenal in Woolwich was crucial to the War effort.   Lloyd George’s great fear that the army and navy would run out of munitions coincided with there being architects in the civil service whose beliefs were embedded in a social philosophy epitomised by the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Residents Association is hosting walks at 2:30 p.m. on these two days.   They will highlight events from the Estate’s history over the last century.   Subject to weather conditions, each will last about 2 hours.

Both walks will start and finish at the Progress Hall, Admiral Seymour Road, Eltham SE9 1SL.     Whilst they are free, please book places in one of these three ways at least 24 hours beforehand; each is limited to a maximum of 20 people: 

1. By calling 07599 610262 and leaving the following information: 
your name
your phone number
the date of the walk you would like to attend
the number of places you require
1. By texting the information to the same number.

2. By sending it by email to 

All bookings will be acknowledged.

For anything else, please contact:

Keith Billinghurst
Progress Residents Association committee member
56 Arsenal Road
London  SE9 1JY
07962 877389

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