Country: England

Region (County/State / Province): Greater London

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Contact: Peter Higgs

Study Description 

Now generally known (not least by modern estate agents!) as the New City Estate, the Bemersyde estate was among the last areas of Plaistow (then Essex, now in the London Borough of Newham) to be developed. Occupying a triangle enclosed by Barking Road, Boundary Road and Tunmarsh Lane (with Humberstone Road as an outlying add-on), the estate primarily consists of terraces of late Victorian and Edwardian housing, with some mid-20th century fill-in, including the 2 tower blocks of Jacobs House and Castle Point. The name Bemersyde was given to the estate by Henry Haig, who acquired the land in about 1870 and was distantly related to the Scottish Haigs of Bemersyde (Roxburgh), and the housing was primarily developed by Henry’s son, Neil W. Haig.

I grew up on Olive Road, in the middle of the estate, attended school at New City Road, and church at St Martin’s on Boundary Road. Extended family from both sides lived in other streets on the estate. My aim in this study will be to look at the development of the estate, particularly in terms of demographic and employment changes. This is very much in it’s early stages!


My aim is to look at the development of the estate from the late 19th century when the first houses were constructed, through the 20th century.


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