The Walcot Estate
Restrictive Covenants | Mews Development | Bishop's Terrace Development
Tenant Resources | Foxes | Historic information on particular properties
The Hayle's and Walcot charities built and owned hundreds of local properties in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Walcot Charity laid out and built Walcot Square and some surrounding streets in the 1830s.
In the 1980s and 1990s some houses in and around Walcot Square were sold and the proceeds re-invested in other assets. The Foundation still owns c80 local houses, flats and commercial properties, It also owns and maintains the greens in Walcot Square and St Mary's Gardens. Our present policy is to retain our local property holdings, which generate roughly half our annual income and directly fund our charitable work.
"I have some connexion," pursued Mr. Guppy, "and it lays in the direction of Walcot Square, Lambeth. I have therefore taken a 'ouse in that locality, which, in the opinion of my friends, is a hollow bargain (taxes ridiculous, and use of fixtures included in the rent), and intend setting up professionally for myself there forthwith." Here Mr. Guppy's mother fell into an extraordinary passion of rolling her head and smiling waggishly at anybody who would look at her. "It's a six-roomer, exclusive of kitchens," said Mr. Guppy, "and in the opinion of my friends, a commodious tenement. When I mention my friends, I refer principally to my friend Jobling, who I believe has known me," Mr. Guppy looked at him with a sentimental air, "from boyhood's hour." Mr. Jobling confirmed this with a sliding movement of his legs. "My friend Jobling will render me his assistance in the capacity of clerk and will live in the 'ouse," said Mr. Guppy. "My mother will likewise live in the 'ouse when her present quarter in the Old Street Road shall have ceased and expired; and consequently there will be no want of society. My friend Jobling is naturally aristocratic by taste, and besides being acquainted with the movements of the upper circles, fully backs me in the intentions I am now developing."
There is often interest in our local history.
See here for material about specific addresses and streets, as well as recollections about the Walcot Estate during WW2
Vol XXIII of the Survey of London has a chapter on The Walcot Estate
If you are the owner of a property which once belonged to the Foundation it is highly likely that a restrictive covenant attaches to it. This places certain obligations on you.
External link: The Walcot Estate in Vol XXIII of The Survey of London