Thursday 13 May 2021

We honour key historical figure at our development in Whetstone

Our North Thames team is honouring the heritage of North London and its people by naming its latest community after Octavia Hill, a key figure in 19th century housing provision.

Blue plaque for Octavia Hill

Octavia @ Oakleigh Grove adds to the growing community within Whetstone. Set within a well-established community in close proximity to schools, supermarkets and parks, the development is the ideal choice for those who want to settle in a peaceful community, but still want to stay in London.

Octavia Hill resided in nearby Finchley and the development will help to remember the influence that Hill had within North London and further afield. Born to parents who established primary schools and community centres in the 19th century, Hill took the passion her family had for empowering and serving the community and applied this to housing, conservation and the environment.

Working tirelessly to improve urban housing and provide homes for thousands of people across London, her drive to provide a high standard of homes resulted in the transformation of neighbourhoods and the forming of communities throughout the city.

Another large part of Hill’s work was within protecting open spaces and maintaining access to these spaces for everyone. This culminated in her becoming the co-founder of the National Trust which has been committed to preserving and enhancing open space and heritage sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for over 125 years.

Nikki Gibson, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “We were really keen to pay homage to the impact of local people who have made a real difference to wider society. As a former resident of North London, Octavia Hill seemed like the perfect choice. Her legacy can be seen throughout Britain and we are so proud to honour the life and works of such an influential woman.”