Window gardening in Pargiter Court

Pargiter Court, originally known as St James’s Dwellings, can be found on Ingestre Place. It was built in 1886 by the St James’s Parish Vestry, and the flats were intended to house local working people. In an inspired directive, the vestry authorities stipulated that  iron guard rails should be placed in front of each window ‘to encourage a taste for window gardening.’ IMG_0035 The other day when I walked by, I spotted only one splendid example of  ‘window gardening’:FullSizeRender IMG_0038IMG_0040    In 1985, the flats were acquired by the Soho Housing Association to provide sheltered accommodation for elderly residents. The average price for a one bedroom flat there today is £600,000.