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‘The Neighbours’, Siegfried Charoux. Highbury Quadrant estate, Highbury

By Rosamund Lily West. The sculpture, ‘The Neighbours’, by Siegfried Charoux, was installed on the Highbury Quadrant estate in Highbury in 1959 by the London County Council. This viewpoint looks at the choice of neighbours for this sculpture, and how the theme of neighbourliness was used by the LCC to establish the post-war Highbury Quadrant estate and its community.

‘Boys Playing Football’, Peter Laszlo Peri. South Lambeth estate, Lambeth

By Rosamund Lily West. After the Second World War, Hungarian artist Peter Laszlo Peri approached the LCC with the idea of depicting scenes of family life to ‘brighten up’ the facades of new LCC housing in Lambeth. ‘Boys Playing Football’, dates to between 1951 and 1952 and was installed on the South Lambeth estate.

Empty plinth of ‘The Dockers’ on the Lansbury estate, Poplar

By Rosamund Lily West. In 1962, the LCC installed ‘The Dockers’ by Sydney Harpley on the Lansbury estate in Poplar. Today, the sculpture is not there, it’s just an empty plinth. This viewpoint looks at why the LCC chose the subject of dockers and how the collapse of the industry in the area is linked to the vandalisation, and subsequent removal, of the sculpture.

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Billy Walker’s Upper Cut Club

Billy Walker’s Upper Cut Club was an East London hot spot for a brief but glorious run. It served as an important site for inter-racial encounters, but it did little to eliminate racial tensions in Forest Gate.