New homes in historic Barkingside development sell out in two weeks

PUBLISHED: 10:58 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:35 22 July 2013

Sarah Crockford and Zac Carter in their new flat.

Sarah Crockford and Zac Carter in their new flat.


New homes built on an historic Barkingside site, first used to house orphans in the late nineteenth century, have sold out in just two weeks.

The new flats being built at Barnardo's Garden Village.The new flats being built at Barnardo's Garden Village.

The development being built at Barnardo’s Garden Village, in Tanners Lane, includes one and two bedroom apartments and three bedroom houses, have been “sympathetically” developed alongside the existing cottages to protect the historical importance.

Sixty-four homes were released for sale in total and sold out in a fortnight.

Director at Barnardo’s Development Ltd, Tony Cripps, said: “The Barnardo’s Garden Village project has been in the planning for many years and we have been extremely pleased with the interest it has generated and the resultant sales.

“The fact that these homes are in the main being purchased by members of the local community demonstrates the appeal Barnardo’s Garden Village offers to residents, many of whom have already discovered the stunning village green at the heart of the scheme.”

The final 80 homes, which will also benefit from a restored village green, will go sale later this summer.

First-time buyer, Anna Zubair, of Barkingside, added: “Buying my first home was a big step and I wanted to make sure it was exactly right for me. I wanted to stay in the local area, as my family are nearby and the fantastic transport connections means I can get to work easily.

“It is perfectly placed to wander to the High Street and also to enjoy the green space on my doorstep.”

Barnardo’s Garden Village was first built between 1876-1895 to house 1,500 girls at a time in a number of cottages which each had its own garden.

The village today contains the only remaining children’s church in the country with lower pews and child themed stained glass windows, and an iconic spired clock.

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