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The Lansbury Estate 1,2 was the first of the 11 areas of Stepney and Poplar to be built under the Abercrombie Plan for the post-Second World War rebuilding of London's East End. Planned by the London County Council in 1949, the decision was taken to concentrate on building 12ha of its 54ha as the 'Live Architecture' exhibit for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

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