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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LMA/4425
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1900-1965
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Name of creator(s): Ardale School x Stepney Cottage Homes


Administrative/Biographical history:

The school was founded as the Stepney Cottage Homes in 1901 by the Stepney Board of Guardians and was designed by the architect Frank Baggallay. Later plans from 1940-1950 show several buildings and an air raid shelter. The infirmary was demolished around 1980.

The school was originally administered by the London County Council and after 1969 by Essex County Council. It closed in 1995.


Scope and content/abstract:

Plans of the school buildings, 1900-1965, including original proposals by architect Frank Baggallay, proposed alterations and additions to Farm Cottage; recreation hall, master's house, garage and stores; workshops, office and stores; recreation hall and gymnasium; adaptation of school block for boys accommodation; Nelson and Shackleton Cottages, The Lodge; The Tower Block, including workshops, band practice room and swimming pool; dining hall steelwork, roof trusses and concreting; layout and drainage plan for new dining hall, workshops and gymnasium; new school block: stage 1 drainage layout and heating duct; Masters House: details of trenches; new dining hall and kitchen: hot and cold water services; staff accommodation: cottages; site layout; adaptation of former laundry to provide recreation room and library; additional staff accommodation; new dining hall and kitchen; Nelson and Shackleton houses: proposed covered way to bathrooms and Craftsman's workshops.

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Conditions governing access:

Available for general access

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 2002 (B02/071).

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other plans of the school can be found in GLC/AR/PL/43/001-006. LCC/CH/D/ARD/01-02 are London County Council minutes and general papers relating to the school.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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