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157 Bow Road

Bow House

Significant Building

  • Completed: 1937-38
  • Grade II Listed [1393151]
  • Built by: Culpin & Son
  • Historic period: Inter-war: 1919-1939
  • This is a significant building
  • Current Use: Office/s

Described by the architects described it as “the first town hall in this country to be erected in the modern style”, this building was the embodiment of early 20th Century Poplarism, a political movement that gave rise to the birth of the Labour Party. The political ideals are reflected in the carved details of workers and the aspirations to make the building feel as open and accessible as possible. The building spurred traditional lavish council construction with a modernist style and is built with care, craftsmanship and attention to detail.


Many important local politicians are connected to this building, including George Lansbury, who presided over the building’s opening ceremony and was leader of the Labour Party from 1931-1935.