83 Barchester Street Exhibition
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Dear Friends

Notice from the East End Life - 83 Barchester Street Exhibition

Today - Thursday 24th from 3pm - 8 pm
Saturday 26th from 10 am - 2 pm

at the Spotlight Youth Centre
map to venue)

Canary Wharf Group plc Exhibition re their proposals for residential development which appears to involve demolition of former Cooperative Wholesale Society Buildings in the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area.

Please do your best to attend the exhibition and maybe suggest adaption of existing buildings for residential use. (
map to venue)

The buildings are described in the Council's
Limehouse Cut Conservation Area document.

They are also described in more detail in the forthcoming East End Waterway Guide (see extract below).

On the towpath, next to the steps up to Balladier Walk, the two-storey INDUSTRIAL BUILDING with a single wide loading doorway was built c.1938 as a joinery works by the Co-operative Wholesale Society.  It was designed by the CWS architect L G Ekins with eight north-light roofs: used for even top daylighting especially on industrial buildings in the north of England but rarely in London.  The joinery works closed c.1951 and in about 1956 another CWS architect designed a four-storey building alongside the southern half of the c.1938 building and on the corner of Barchester Street and Chrisp Street.  Both buildings were used as the CWS Christmas cracker warehouse, where boxes of crackers were packed for distribution to co-operative retail societies in London and elsewhere.  The former CWS warehouse occupies most of the site of the Eagle Chemical Works.  This was a turpentine and tar distillery which made varnish, naptha and colours during the second half of the 19th century.  L G Ekins was the CWS architect from 1916 to 1945 and designed the Society's splendid 1930-33 office block at No.1 Prescot Street, Whitechapel.

Please also let me know what you think about these mid-20th century industrial buildings; and whether or not there should be a campaign for a conservation-led approach.

There were several battles to get the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area, and in the process we lost the Poplar Employment Exchange. The listed and unlisted Caird & Rayner buildings on the Limehouse Cut and opposite St Anne's Limehouse are rotting and rusting away. The Gillender Street part of the CA is also under threat and now this.

I am too worn out and ineffective to run another campaign. So I hope others will take the lead - I will help if required.

Tom Ridge (020 8981 7361)

East End Waterway Group
  East End Waterway Group
Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with the Canal & River Trust, Tower Hamlets Council and others for the protection and beneficial use of the six mile waterway ‘ring’, its historic buildings, structures and habitats.
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