Listed Buildings and Conservation Area

Mornington Grove’s ‘unusually grand’ buildings on the west side are Grade II listed buildings, as are their distinctive piers and garden walls.  The street also falls within the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Conservation Area.

The Historic England listings entry can be found here.


List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

List entry Number: 1260641

County: Greater London Authority   District: Tower Hamlets  District Type: London Borough

Grade: II  Date first listed: 27-Sep-1973 

List entry Description  Details

MORNINGTON GROVE E3 1. 4431 (West Side) Nos 9 to 20 (consec) TQ 3782 12/315 II GV 2.

Late C19. In pairs except Nos 16 to 20 form 11 & 12a  small terrace. Stock brick with wide bracketed eaves and soffit to hipped slate roofs. 3 storeys and basement, 2 windows each, centres slightly advanced on each side of shallow brick groove which divides paired houses. Ground floors with 3 light windows, stuccoed architraves bracketed sills and pediments above. 1st floors have a 3 light and a single round headed window. Above similar with flat arches. Doors arched with stucco dressings carried up into unusual keystones. Balustraded steps. Blind, full height, recessed brick arches in side facades.

Nos 9 to 20 (consec) form a group with their garden walls and piers and with the wall at the southern end of Mornington Grove.

Listing NGR: TQ3719782623

Garden Walls and Piers

There is an account of this aspect of the listing here.

4431  (West side)
Garden Walls and Piers  at Nos 9 to 20 (consec)
TQ 3782 12/316  II GV
Late C19. Low garden wall with white stone Pier 1capping (some missing). Fine piers
between each pair of houses. Stock brick with massive stone gabled hoods containing
niches to each face. Northern 3 piers have plain stone caps.  Nos 9 to 20 (consec) form a group with their garden walls and piers and with the wall at the southern end of Mornington Grove.

Listing NGR: TQ3719782623  –  Entry Name: Garden Walls and Piers

Listing Date: 27 September 1973  –  Grade: II

Source: Historic England – Source ID: 1065121 – English Heritage Legacy ID: 206104


Tower Hamlets Cemetery Conservation Area

Here are a couple of extracts from the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Conservation Area Character Appraisal and Management Guidelines document – (anyone needing full information should of course consult the full document and its guidance for further information):

The Tower Hamlets Cemetery Conservation Area was designated in November 1987 and is centred around the Victorian cemetery park in Bow. Bounded by Mile End Road to the north, the Conservation Area borders on the British Estate (built to replace the terraced row houses cleared in the 1970s) and includes the surviving residential townscapes of Brokesley Street and Mornington Grove, the St Clement’s Hospital site and Wellington Primary School…TH Cemetery Conservation

…Before carrying out any work in this area, you will need to apply for consent even for minor work such as replacing railings. These consents include planning, listed building and Conservation Area consent, as well as others for work such as felling trees.

When planning applications in a Conservation Area are decided, the planning authority will pay special attention to whether the character of the area is preserved or enhanced. …  In Tower Hamlets Cemetery, as in other Conservation Areas, planning controls are more extensive than normal. Consent is required to demolish any building, and a higher standard of detail and information is required for any application. When applying for listed building consent, please note that all parts of the building, including its interior walls, ceilings and all other internal features, are protected. Some buildings are nationally (statutorily) listed, and some are locally listed by the Borough to indicate buildings that the Borough wishes to protect…

…All trees in Conservation Areas are protected, and some trees are also covered by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO’s). Notice must be given to the authority before works are carried out to any tree in the Conservation Area, and some works require specific permission. More information can be found in the Council’s Guide to Trees, and on the Tower Hamlets website. Carrying out works to trees without the necessary approval
can be a criminal offence, and the Council welcomes early requests for advice.