Roles and Responsibilities in Housing and Health histories: Inspectors and Area Development and Redevelopment

As 2023 draws to a close and with so much bad news around housing, I am trying to finish on a positive note. In this post I have drawn together several pieces I have written for the wonderful Municipal Dreams blog which celebrates the fundamental achievements in council housing and the commitment of so [...]

A quick guide to the development of Garden Cities and Suburbs

I've long been interested in the development of Garden Cities and #HouseHistoryHour (28 April 2022) offered the opportunity to share some of this information, now available as Moments and forming the basis of this blog. The Garden Cities movement was a response to poor housing in polluted cities and created healthier living environments. The movement [...]

By |2024-02-26T14:26:41+00:00May 4th, 2022|Garden Cities, Garden City Inspired, Housing and History, Suburbia|Comments Off on A quick guide to the development of Garden Cities and Suburbs

How very modern(istic)

Whilst some may criticise the ‘sameness’ of suburbia of the interwar period 1918-1939, looking more closely we can find numerous decent family homes set in landscaped places and some lovely examples of housing design history, especially those built during the 1930s. Development of suburbia was not of course an isolated event, but part of an [...]

Two estates, two novels

There are two novels written about the estates we are thinking about in this post, as different in many ways as the estates themselves. The estates are very interrelated and mutually used but they are completely divided by a railway line. Locals tend to refer to each of the estates respectively as ‘over the other side’ [...]

By |2018-06-19T21:17:16+01:00June 10th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Deco Inspired, Film, Garden City Inspired, Housing and History, Literature, Suburbia|Comments Off on Two estates, two novels
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