Breton House

Front page of the City's original letting brochure

Front page of the City’s original letting brochure

Building completed

November 1972.

Location

Breton House is a terrace block on the northern boundary of the estate. It runs out at right angles from the middle of Ben Jonson House.

Orientation

Flats either face east (and overlook Whitecross Street) or west (and overlook the beautiful Cripplegate Free Library building and Golden Lane).

Similar blocks

In many ways, Breton House is a mirror image of John Trundle Court. They share virtually the same basic structure, from raised entrances to the buildings up flights of stairs, to virtually identical flat types once you get inside. The stairs lead to lobbies which each serve a cluster of flats.

Accomodation

There are 99 studio flats on 6 storeys, and 12 two-room penthouse maisonettes on the 7th and roof-top storeys. Flats are numbered 1 – 111. The flats are almost exclusively studio flats of Type F1A or Type F2A, with equally dinky two-room penthouses of Type P2A. There is a sub-podium level but no flats there. Instead if you look down, you peer through sub-basement windows into what looks like the super-villain’s command centre in a James Bond film.

Entrances

There are several raised entrances up single flights of external stairs which then lead to internal staircases. The lift shaft No. 67 has an 02 level for a fire escape iwhich leads into an area where they heap all the recycling bins and which then opens onto Golden Lane, next to the entrance to the residents car park.

Lifts and staircases

The lifts open on each floor onto lobbies which each serve a cluster of five flats. The lift shafts are ‘South’ No. 65, ‘Central’ No. 66 and ‘North’ No. 67.

Car parking

There is access to the Ben Jonson House / Breton House Car Park at 03 level.

Stores

I am not aware of any stores.

Outside

Breton Highwalk (the section of podium surrounding Breton House) has quite extensive flower beds built into the surface, with raised bricked walls. On the west side of Breton House, the bushes have grown into a virtual jungle. On the east side, the flower beds are more orderly but they seem to surround anti-tank pillboxes.