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Collapse of 3 new houses, Amhurst Road, Hackney

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    22/02/1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving and text

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box II

Physical description

Cutting from The Illustrated London News describing an incident in which three houses in Amherst Road, Hackney, collapsed.

Place of Origin

London (published)


22/02/1862 (made)



Materials and Techniques

wood engraving and text

Marks and inscriptions

On the morning of Wednesday week, between the hours of ten and eleven o’clock, the inhabitants of Hackney were thrown into great excitement in consequence of the fall of three new houses, attended with loss of life and serious injury to several persons. In the Amherst-road, close to the viaduct of the North London Railway, where it crosses the Hackney-road, are a number of new buildings, three stories high, built by Mr. Amos, which were being finished in the interior by carpenters, plasterers, and other artisans, at the above hour, when three of the houses fell in, and the weight of brickwork and mortar carried in their descent the floors of the different rooms, until the whole was upon the ground floor. The cries of the poor creatures buried in the ruins were most distressing. Several of the workmen in the neighbourhood commenced removing the debris and extricating the sufferers. Three were found to be dead, and the survivors, most of whom were seriously injured, were conveyed to the German Hospital.


height: 6.75 in, width: 9.5 in

Object history note

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

Cutting from The Illustrated London News dated February 22nd 1862, 'Collapse of 3 new houses, Amhurst Road, Hackney'

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist.


Paper (fiber product)


Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Architecture; Rural areas; Accidents; Houses; Newspapers


Architecture; Periodicals; Prints; London history


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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