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De Beauvoir Estate

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2nd Mar 2008, 20:34   | tags:,,,

hildegard says:

So it's "the de Beauvoir Estate" then? I always knew it as "de Beauvoir Town" Looks just the same...

2nd Mar 2008, 23:03

Judo-Jule says:

whatever it is called- it is huge and grey and ugly.

2nd Mar 2008, 23:05

Spiderbaby says:

It must have looked good on paper, but oh dear, not now :(

2nd Mar 2008, 23:13

JokerXL says:

Posh name for a crap-heap.
Some parts of the UK are like a third world country.

3rd Mar 2008, 05:03

minkey says:

So why give it the nameof a french writer?

4th Mar 2008, 12:26

hildegard says:

Minkey - It's not, it's named for the former landlords.
"...the third Richard Benyon, took the names of Powlett and Wrighte, in 1814, and of De Beauvoir in 1822, a year after the death of his first cousin twice removed, the Reverend Peter De Beauvoir. Richard Benyon De Beauvoir was heir, not only to the Englefield rents, but also to his grandfather's East India fortune and, through his grandmother, to the de Beauvoir estates at Downham in Essex and Hackney."
- Royal Berkshire History; David Nash Ford

4th Mar 2008, 12:45

minkey says:

Je vois :-) just thought there might be something redeeming about it. We have similar estate in France and also in similar state. Mainly built in the 60s in response to lack of space without thinking about consequences unfortunately

4th Mar 2008, 17:43

beth says:

my friend libby used to live here. inside her flat was actually pretty nice. going to the shops for bread however was sometimes a bit hit and miss. gosh. i spennt a lot of time here in 2002.

24th Jun 2008, 23:22

Gary W says:

I grew up here - Lancresse Court 1970 - 1984. At the time is was a brilliant estate and the large Grass areas were constantly in use as football pitches. Many happy memories of growing up...

24th Apr 2009, 20:44

Becky says:

Actually it may look dated and ugly, but the flats are big, well designed and actually so close to groovy Hoxton & Islington it makes it worthwhile living there. Yes it maybe scutty but everyday I look out at a very posh over-priced cramped new swanky block of flats that cost 4 times as much as my flat...they have the same dirt, scut and 'danger' but they pay a
lot more money for the privilege!

4th Nov 2009, 16:36

Gadget(http://www-dot-facebook-dot-com/itsGadget) says:

Born and raised there (St Lawrence Court)... you couldn't even imagine the community we had, it was unbelievable. Of all of the hundreds that came from there most of us are still in touch and continue with a very sibling like bond.

A lot of famous people and talented people came from there and the area is one of the most popular film estate on British television be it movies, TV shows or music videos. It was always kinda gloomy, but some of those pics are some of the more abdonded areas. I could go on for ages but wouldn't scratch the surface... ^it was known as D.B.Town originally, sometimes D.B. Crescent, but overall it was an estate and that's how it is known now.

"Easy Gary" I'm sure that's you bredrin!!


21st Aug 2010, 17:21

tom says:

thank you becky and gadget. Cant believe how many snobs there are. Its a bit ugly but its just some flats, people compare it to the third world? my god you dont know how lucky you are

1st Sep 2010, 18:13

De Beauvoir Resident(saintmichael2011-at-hotmail-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

know any of these 'gangsters'

Anti Social Behaviour on De Beauvoir Estate on youtube channel WatchNeighbourhood

17th Feb 2011, 20:00

De Beauvoir Resident says:

17th Feb 2011, 20:01