There is an outrage in Tower Hamlets over the planned demolition of 22-28 Underwood Road, once the Jewish Maternity Hospital and site of the first organisation in England to offer home-helps to the poor. It was founded in 1911 by Alice Model, an East End heroine who was awarded an MBE in 1935 for her achievements as a social reformer. The campaign, led by retired history teacher Tom Ridge, wants to save at least two of the cottages for posterity, while allowing the Peabody Estate to build behind them; Peabody and its architects maintain that the buildings lack the historical merit that would make them worth saving. ‘It’s a typical tragic Tower Hamlets story’ said Ridge, creator of the Ragged School Museum and saviour of a host of historically significant edifices. ‘No sooner do I find out about a building than it gets demolished.’
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