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 https://municipaldreams.wordpress.com which celebrates the fundamental achievements in council housing and the commitment of so [...]

Flats 2: The Albert Hall Mansions

Following my last post on Flats! I joined #househistoryhour to present a session called A Brief History of Flats. It was during this that @EllenCLeslie flagged up some other flats: the Albert Hall Mansions; although I knew the area, I did not appreciate their historical significance as part of how we would live looking forward. [...]

By |2022-04-01T18:06:55+01:00April 1st, 2022|Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, Tower Blocks and Flats, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Flats 2: The Albert Hall Mansions

Flats!

Happy new year to everyone. This post has in fact been in the making for years – further delayed by Covid-related workload – as I have tried to collect my thoughts and fill in gaps and it can still only scratch the surface of understanding something about the history of flats. Some flats and indeed [...]

The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

One of the best things about living on the London underground is having such easy access to London's countless cultural venues and range of exhibitions. At first glance the V&A - a museum of art and design - may seem an unexpected place to host an exhibition about social housing. It's a small exhibition, but [...]

By |2019-04-26T19:06:04+01:00February 21st, 2019|Decline and Regeneration, Film, Housing and History, Modernism, Modernist Inspired, Photography, Tower Blocks and Flats, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on The V&A, social housing and Robin Hood Gardens

“Nothing is too good for ordinary people”

Lubetkin’s stairwell hovers like layers of propellers in the atrium at Bevin Court; it is nothing short of stunning. If this is not enough, in the entrance hall to this modernist council built apartment block, there is also a bust of Ernest Bevin and the Peter Yates' mural Day and Night, Winged Bulls. How must it [...]

By |2019-01-30T18:34:27+00:00January 18th, 2019|Modernism, Tower Blocks and Flats, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on “Nothing is too good for ordinary people”

Park Hill, Sheffield

Estates like Park Hill were built as a brave and positive contribution to housing as part of a wider vision of how we might live in the urban environment. The council architects Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith (who died very recently) had drawn inspiration from Le Corbusier’s post war Unité d’Habitation and this was to be [...]

By |2022-01-03T08:09:38+00:00April 12th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Park Hill, Sheffield

Grenfell Tower

This time last week no one could have started to imagine the horrific housing nightmare that would unfold. Grenfell Tower caught fire which rapidly spread and numerous people tragically lost their lives. Buildings should be designed to contain fire at its source and provide a means of escape that is protected from the ingress of smoke [...]

By |2017-06-20T20:14:59+01:00June 17th, 2017|Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Grenfell Tower

Flats, Mary, Mungo & Midge, and (The) Arsenal

YouTube clip also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-jNMS0hVVc Who remembers Mary, Mungo and Midge? I’d always thought it was in black and white, and this YouTube is the first time I have ever seen it in colour! Richard Baker narrated the stories in his very deep voice, about Mary, who lived with her dog and pet mouse, in [...]

By |2018-06-17T09:07:24+01:00April 19th, 2017|Film, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Flats, Mary, Mungo & Midge, and (The) Arsenal

Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10

Denton Road still appears on my old edition of the London A-Z but apart from that, practically all traces of it have vanished. I’ve never been able to find a photo in an archive, or a snippet of written information from decision makers on what happened to all those people who lived there, and why [...]

By |2019-03-12T17:34:22+00:00February 13th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Tower Blocks and Flats, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10
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