Lammas Green

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Lammas Green
CountrySouth London
Current regionLewisham

Lammas Green is a Grade II listed housing estate in Lewisham, South London.

Designed by notable architect Donald McMorran of Farquharson and McMorran, the estate comprises three rows of terraces, two blocks of flats and a community hall set around a village green. The estate was built between 1955-57 for the Corporation of the City of London.

Architectural style

The estate is built from traditional materials to create a village-like feel that, at the time, was considered unique for inner London[1].

According to a council statement in 2010, the City of London Corporation built Lammas Green as a 'conscious return to the Kent vernacular, with colour-washed walls, pantile roofs and stout brick chimneys - perhaps out of step with the prevailing trends in architecture'[2].

The estate reflected a traditionalist approach by maintaining older values of proportion and style but was unique in that these values were applied to a public estate. Typically, McMorran differed from similar traditionalist architects at the time for his willingness to tackle progressive projects of this type. Lammas Green is considered the finest example of the four public housing schemes McMorran built.


At 57 dwellings per acre, the estate's low density was intended 'so as to establish conditions under which a community with its own continuity and life might be able to flourish'


  1. Curl, James Stevens; Wilson, Susan. The Oxford dictionary of architecture (Third ed.). Oxford [England]. p. 461. ISBN 9780199674992.
  2. Travers, Tony. London boroughs at 50. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 9781785900112.

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