- St. Helier, London
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= St. Helier
constituency_westminster= Mitcham and Morden
constituency_westminster1=Carshalton and Wallington
The estate was built between 1928 and 1936 by the
London County Councilfor the re-housing of people from decaying inner London areas. Its development was spurred by the opening of Morden Underground station in 1926, and the Wimbledon to Sutton railway line in 1930, with a station at St Helier. These services provided rapid links into central London for the residents.
The estate was named in honour of Lady St. Helier, who was an LCC
Aldermanfrom 1910 to 1927. It was the second largest (after the Becontree- Dagenhamestate) of a series of overspill estatesand was based on the Garden City ideas of Ebenezer Howard. The area had previously consisted largely of lavenderfields, the last remnants of the famous Mitchamlavender industry.
In remembrance of the area's historic ownership by
Westminster Abbey, the roads are named in alphabetical order after Monasteries and Abbeys starting in the north-west with Aberconway Road and ending with Woburn Road in the south-east.
St. Helier Hospitalwas opened in 1938. John Major, UK Prime Ministerfrom 1990 to 1997, was born there.
Today ownership of housing on the estate is split between private and local authority, with many people taking advantage of the
right to buy schemesince the 1970s. The hospital still exerts an imposing presence on the estate, both economically and physically. Most of the buildings are original and many are still being used for their original purposes. There has been a little amount of infilling around the outskirts, and the estate now merges into the suburbs of Sutton, Carshaltonand Morden.
* [http://www.sutton.gov.uk/leisure/heritage/st+helier+estate.htm History of St.Helier]
* [http://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/ St.Helier Hospital]
* [http://st-georges-church.co.uk/ St.George's Church, St.Helier]
* [http://www.parishofsthelier.co.uk/ St. Peter's and Bishop Andrewes, St Helier]
* [http://www.lcm.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=13722 London City Mission : St Helier Christian Centre]
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