Tankerton Street, WC1H

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David A Hayes of the Camden History Society in his study of Camden Street Names and their origins says that The East End Dwellings Company, which developed the Hillview Estate in 1891, were mortgagees of land at Tankerton-on-Sea, near Whitstable, Kent. The company had been founded seven years earlier by the clergyman and social reformer Samuel Barnett to provide housing for the poor. Four parallel streets intersected the dwellings, namely modern Whidborne Street, Tankerton Street, Midhope Street, and Loxham Street. Gillian Bebbington in London Street Names has suggested they were all named after company directors. Either way, when this was first laid out in the 1810s it was called Dutton Street by the time Barnett purchased them they had become slums. The area was originally developed from 1801 by a landowner and tin-plate worker, Joseph Lucas, who owned a seven-acre site between Gray’s Inn Road and the ancient Boot pub, which still exists, on the corner of Cromer Street and Judd Street.  Prior to its development, it had been fields. It had been renamed by 1919. Hayes says that the road was   probably originally named after a builder or unknown developer.


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