It started over 160 years ago with one man, a £150,000 donation and a desire to improve the lives of poverty-stricken Londoners.

Today, we have 107,000 homes and 220,000 customers. But the desire remains the same – to create homes and communities where people can flourish. 

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    Founded in 1862

    George Peabody, an American banker, philanthropist and social visionary, created the Peabody Trust in 1862.

    Inspired by his own life experiences and with views far ahead of his time, George recognised social injustice and wanted to tackle the poverty he saw around him.

    So he set up The Peabody Donation Fund. Two years later we opened our first homes for what were then known as the ‘artisans and labouring poor of London’. This marked the start of George Peabody’s – and our – pioneering work in London.

  • Our Heritage

    Social visionary

    Back then, in the late 1800s, Peabody's homes were visionary. We were creating social housing estates with unheard-of-luxuries such as separate laundry rooms and space for children to play. And this at a time when many people in London were living in some of the most horrific slums in Europe.

    George's vision and sense of social justice has shaped us and made Peabody the organisation it is today. That is one that strives to create homes and communities where people want to live and can flourish.

  • Pioneering History

    Creating history

    We opened our first estate in Spitalfields in 1864. Since then, we’ve grown to house more than 220,000 people. We continue to build on our pioneering history, adapting to the changing needs of Londoners with innovations in affordable, sustainable housing.

    Our aim remains to improve people's lives through better housing and a sense of community belonging.

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Our founder, George Peabody

George Peabody (1795-1869) was born in Massachusetts in the US. One of eight children, he left school at the age of 11 to work and help support his family.
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Our timeline

We’ve been around since 1862 and we've done a lot in that time. Learn more about how we've become the organisation we are today.
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Our estate history

Our estates are our heritage. Find out more about the homes and communities we've created and how they've changed over the past 160 years.

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