Little Green Street is in danger. This narrow, cobblestone street is the only intact Georgian street left in London. It survived the London blitz in World War Two, but will be hard pressed to survive a contractor’s plan to flood the street (more a lane or pedestrian path) for four years with lorries carrying building supplies to and debris from a landlocked site. (View A Walk Up Little Green Street below to see how the lives of residents will be affected.)
Most of us have come to associate Georgian architecture with the great or exceptional houses that are shown in tv and movie adaptations of classic novels, or visits to Great Britain. The majority of people lived in humbler dwellings. Second “rate” houses were built by merchants, for example, and were no more than 500-900 sq ft in size. These houses, small by modern standards, would have been termed “large”. The most important rooms would have been given the largest windows. On Green Street, “eight of the homes are bow-fronted and were originally shops, selling goods such as ribbon and coffee. The street’s name also has historical connotations, as Highgate Road was once called Green Street. Historian Gillian Tindall, whose best-selling book The Fields Beneath chronicles the growth of Kentish Town, has called the plans ridiculous. She said: “They cannot be allowed to rip this street up. It is important as a ‘survival’ of historic homes – there is nowhere else like it.”-Camden New Journal
Generally speaking, the preservation of grand buildings and palaces is guarded more zealously by zoning laws than the humbler homes of the middle and merchant classes. To jeopardize an historic street for the sake of “progress” strikes me as supreme folly and short sightedness, especially when this is the ONLY remaining street in London that is truly all Georgian.
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A Walk Up Little Green Street