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Sir Arthur Bliss Court

Sheltered housing block of flats, built on the site of the former Holborn Union Workhouse in London Road, south of the junction with Bond Road.

After the Second World War, temporary housing was built on this site by the borough council.

1953 aerial view

1953 aerial view

When contacted, the Arthur Bliss Society said that from their archives:

Vol. 8, no. 2, page 34. … says that “the Performing Rights Society, of whom Sir Arthur was President from 1954 to 1975, named one of their sheltered housing projects for the Society’s members and dependants ‘Sir Arthur Bliss Court’. This was to mark the 75th anniversary of the PRS.

PRS refers to the Performing Right Society.

Planning application MER563/86 was granted permission (subject to conditions) on 17th July 1986, for

redevelopment of site by the erection of sheltered housing accommodation comprising 46 x 1 person flats 12 x 2 person flats and 2 wardens’ houses ancillary common rooms car parking and landscaping.

This application referred to the site’s address as

1-9 High Holborn, London Road, 202-218 London Road And, 1-27 Bond Road, Mitcham

High Holborn can be seen on this 1950 OS map:

1952 OS map


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.