There is some uncertainty about the origins of Palmer. It was probably known in the 19th century as the ‘Holloway estate’ but was renamed in honour of a 17th century clergyman who had donated the land. Its new owners, the Charity for the Relief of Poor Widows and the Children of Clergymen (later The Corporation of the Sons of the Clergy), sold the estate to Peabody in 1972.
Some of the homes were in a state of disrepair and were demolished and replaced with new ones in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Over the years, we’ve worked to encourage a sense of community at Palmer. The residents have described it as safe and friendly, a place where people ‘say hello’.