Nelson Square reopened after refurbishment

On 8 March 2017 the builders finally left Nelson Square. The works lasted much longer than originally anticipated , and while there will be an official opening ceremony later in the spring, the gates are now open for all visitors. There is much more green lawn now, and many new seats. Children have been given…


Surrey Chapel, later the Ring, now Palestra

Right next to Nelson Square stood once a landmark octagonal building.

The old Square, destroyed by the Blitz

While Nelson Square became the home of the reasonably wealthy, abject poverty was found in just a few streets away.


From “Dandies parade” to “sun-trapped homes for working people”

Post-war, Southwark Council used Nelson Square as a flagship project for social housing.


Moving in to Nelson Square Gardens from 1956

First new residents moved in to the new Nelson Square Gardens Estate from 1956, and the last block was finished in 1964.


Pointers to the future

Right to Buy, opening of Tate Modern and Southwark tube station changed the Nelson Square community


Orbit House and Thomas Kilpper

This plot of land right next to Nelson Square has been an important sign of changing times through history