The Twentieth Century Society

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Canonbury: From Neo-Georgian to High-Tech - Sold Out

Canonbury: From Neo-Georgian to High-Tech - SOLD OUT

Saturday 6 April 2024

Start time/place: 10.30 am/Smokehouse, 63-69 Canonbury Road, N1 2DG
Finish time/place: 12.30 pm/ Canonbury Tavern, 21 Canonbury Place, N1 2NS


Penny Laughton will lead a morning walk in Canonbury (the estate of the Marquess of Northampton) exploring twentieth century responses to the area's early Victorian fabric. Highlights include work by Louis de Soissons, Raymond Erith and Future Systems.
Starting on Canonbury Road, we view 1950s local authority flats and walk north to Canonbury Square, part of which was re-built in the 1950s. Passing an infill house by Christopher Libby (1985), a terrace by Raymond Erith (1963-1970) and a private neo-Georgian estate from the early 1950s.

Heading south, we pass a house by Robert Mitzman (2018) and stop at 40 Douglas Road, aka The Glass House, by Future Systems (1995). After considering the New River Walk – a reimagining of a section of the New River by landscape company Vanstones of Much Hadham (1954) – we inspect a cluster of flats for the Metropolitan Police (1950s, lead architect J. Innes Elliot) and 1990s flats on a site formerly occupied by police facilities.

We then head along Canonbury Park South, passing semi-detached houses by Andrews Downie & Partners (1995) and by Louis de Soissons (1950s) as well as some early postwar local authority flats. The walk concludes after viewing housing on Canonbury Park North where we see further homes built for the Metropolitan Police and more houses by de Soissons, all from the 1950s.

Penny Laughton is a member of C20 Society and has led walks in Clerkenwell, and jointly, weekend trips in Stuttgart, Southampton, and the South Coast.

C20 Members:  £15.00 Non-members:  £20

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Above: Louis de Soissons house, Canonbury Park Image: Penny Laughton

Booking Closed

Unfortunately, booking is closed for this event and we are no longer able to accept new bookings.