Glasthule Buildings were built about 1909 as part of an initiative to provide housing for those in poor quality slum-type accommodation (of which there was much in the Glasthule area, alongside the houses of the wealthier classes).

They are not shown on the Ordnance Survey maps of the period, most of which were updated about 1908. Instead, there is open fields on the location of the buildings.

Glasthule Buildings consists of about 95 units, of which 54 were recorded in the 1911 census.  They were all recorded as 2-room units with 1 family in each, with 1 window in front.  There were 359 occupants recorded.