“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.”*

— Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662). Britannica.com: “Between the summers of 1657 and 1658, he put together most of the notes and fragments that editors have published under the inappropriate title *Pensées (“Thoughts”).”

From Peabody.org.uk:

“Built in the nineteenth century, the original Stamford Street estate (Duchy Street, London SE1, pictured) was densely populated and provided 352 dwellings. As the foundations were being dug, a 30ft long barge and several smaller boats were found, suggesting that the site had once been a river bed. Four more blocks were added in the 1890s.

Notable residents in the early years of the estate included Mary Ann Nichols, the first murder victim of “Jack the Ripper”. Mary lived in Block D of Stamford Street with her husband William Nichols…

On the 16th of January, 1864, when she was eighteen, Mary married William Nichols in the church of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, where a plaque on a wall inside the church now commemorates their union here.

…and their children. Following the couple’s separation, Mary moved to the Whitechapel area where she drifted into a life of prostitution before being murdered in 1888.

At around this time George Brown was born in Block I, and at the age of six months he moved with his family to the Blackfriars estate. George went on to become deputy leader of the Labour Party and eventually received a peerage. He recalls his early years as a Peabody resident in his autobiography “In My Way.”

Modernisation of the flats took place in the 1970s when four blocks were demolished to reduce the density of the dwellings. An extensive environmental programme on the estate took place in the late 1990s. Works included the cleaning of the brickwork, installation of entryphone systems, the landscaping of the grounds, extensive planting of garden areas and the provision of a children’s play area. The estate now enjoys space for community events.”

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