Visit Iliffe Yard & you'll see that once again this area of Southwark is in the process of redevelopment & regeneration.
There is the recently completed Strata Tower, nicknamed the ‘Shaver’. Opposite the Newington Library & the Cuming Museum are a number of new high rise residential developments, with more under construction. Other housing & commercial initiatives will soon replace many of the buildings that were part of the Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme of post-war & 1960s London.
In 1896 Charlie Chaplin, aged seven & his elder brother Sydney, were here for a short time until they were transfered to a special ‘Poor Law Residential School’ for workhouse children. Author Mary Boast describes Chaplin, as one of the best loved Walworth ‘notables’. Others include Michael Caine, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Siddall, Robert Browning, John Ruskin, Samuel Palmer & George Tinworth.
The Pullens Estate, built by James Pullen, originally comprised 600 flats surrounding four working yards, of which about 300 flats & three yards now remain. Walworth was not a place of factories but small workshops in back yards & the Pullens Estate was a scheme built with artisans & small traders in mind, so families could live & work on the premises.
Today the Iliffe, Peacock & Clements Yards house our community of creative individuals & groups. As our sense of community & input to the local area continue to grow we are proud to be part of the rich cultural history of Walworth — an environment which feeds our creativity as well as supporting our commercial needs.
“Southwark should be extraordinarily proud of its cultural development over the last twenty years. With Tate Modern, the Globe, the Design Museum & many other creative activities — Pullens Yards must continue to be one of them.” — Terence Conran
'The Pullens Story' by Roger Batchelor is a fascinating read on the history of the Pullen's Estate from a 'locally grown author'. You can download this special edition pdf free of charge here.