Gable Cottages, Sudrey Street, Southwark, London SE1. Architect: Elijah Hoole (1838-1912). Completed 1889. 16 cottages. Grade II listed. By Elijah Hoole for a Reverend T. Bastow, "along the lines of Octavia Hill's pioneering ideas for working-class housing" (Historic England). They are of "red brick with half-timbering, roughcast, and some tile hanging to upper floors," with "pitched tiled roofs of varying heights with sprocketed eaves and tall chimneys" (also from the listing text). The cottages are grouped around three sides of square, and are, like the Red Cross ones nearby, in Arts and Craft style with Tudor features, nicely varied — some with fishscale tile-hanging, most with half-timbering. The railings with their urn finials are listed too. Octavia was pleased with the work. After inspecting some "dreadful buildings" in Southwark which she hoped could be improved, she tells her mother in a letter of 28 April 1889, "we finished the accounts of Gable Cottages, and despatched report of same. They are now complete!" (Hill 501).

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Related Material


Darley, Gillian. "Hill, Octavia (1838–1912), housing and social reformer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Web. 1 August.

Hill, Octavia. The Life of Octavia Hill as Told in Her Letters. Ed. Charles Edmund Maurice [F. D. Maurice's son]. London: Macmillan, 1913. Internet Archive. Contributed by Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 1 August 2018.

Created 1 August 2018