Why is Noel Park special ?

Noel Park is an estate of about 2000 terraced houses built between about 1881 to 1927, by the Artizans , Labourers and General Dwellings Company.

Noel Park is special for several reasons:

  • It is a rare example of a planned, Victorian ‘model’ low-rise estate to house only working class families.
  • Some of the architectural features, such as the porches, are rare in suburban houses of the period.
  • It is the largest of the estates built by the Company (the others are in Queen’s Park and Battersea).

The estate is named after the chairman of the Company, the MP Ernest Noel (1831-1931).

Several important principles governed the design of the houses:

  • One-family houses, with no sub-letting, to promote the family unit
  • Standardised plans and street types, to keep costs down without compromising on quality
  • Minimum standards, including front and rear gardens to all houses.

The estate has survived largely intact, although there have been some defining changes during the twentieth century:

  • Bombing during the final months of World War II: (i) a V2 bomb in February 1945 fell on Westbeech Road/ Pelham Road and Gladstone Avenue, killing 17 people; (ii) a V1 ‘doodlebug’ in March 1945 fell on Farrant Avenue, killing seven people
  • The closure of Noel Park station as part of the Doctor Beeching cuts in the 1960s
  • The construction of the Wood Green Shopping City, demolishing some of the houses in the Estate
  • Modernisation of many houses following the sale of the Estate to Haringey Borough Council in 1966
  • Conservation Area status for 1,500 of the houses in the 1980s

For more information about Noel Park, please refer to ‘Noel Park – A Social and Architectural History’, by Caroline Welch, published by Haringey Council, 2006.