The flats were built by the Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes in 1880 and originally comprised 3 brick blocks of flats and a row of 'cottages' which originally housed older relations of people living in the blocks. A further block (the 'paddlesteamer' block) was built later. They were originally called Gibson Buildings and were some of the first quality dwellings for working and lower-middle-class families in London.
The buildings are located near the corner of Northwold Road and Stoke Newington High Street (A10), close to Stoke Newington Common.
They were renovated in 1975 but many period features survive, including the rare cobblestone street surfaces.
- The Gibson Gardens History and Cookbook, Centerprise Trust, 1984 (ISBN 0-903738-65-1)
- Gaslight on the Cobble: Family life in Gibson Gardens and Stoke Newington 1923-1955 by Doris Robson, Paz Publications, 1998 (ISBN 0-9533954-0-5)