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Mercer's Cottages, Tower Hamlets

Description: Mercer's Cottages

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 September 1973
English Heritage Building ID: 206264

OS Grid Reference: TQ3602981445
OS Grid Coordinates: 536029, 181445
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5156, -0.0410

Location: 7 Belgrave Street, Poplar, Greater London E1 0NN

Locality: Tower Hamlets
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: E1 0NN

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Listing Text


II NOS 1 - 10 (consec)

Formerly listed as Lady Mico's Almshouses. Symmetrical terrace of 10
cottages. 1856 by George Smith for the mercers' Company; Nos 7-10 largely
rebuilt in facsimile following war damage. Grey/white brick with slate roofs.
Rusticated stucco quoins between houses. 2 storeys. 14 window range.
Brick porches with gauged brick flat arches to entrances and paired enriched
console brackets supporting pedimented gables; Nos 1 and 10 on returns. No 2
to 9, one porch per pair, giving illusion of four double fronted cottages.
Architraved sashes; ground floors with enriched console brackets supporting
cornices and lugged cills, 1st floors with cornices and stucco sill band,
lugged at sashes. Central 1st floor painted, stone plaque with cartouch
inscribed "The Gift of Dame/Jane Mico Relicta of/S Sam Mico Mercer dec/Built
Ano 1691" and summounted by a female bust. Beneath, a stone plague inscribed
"Rebuilt by The Worshipful Company of Mercers/AD 1856". Lady Mico, wife of
Sir Samuel Mico, Mercer and alderman, bequeathed money for the original
almshouses for widows. Taken over 1976 by the GLC for housing.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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