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  1. does anyone know of a danny watkins lived in downham way he was the chairman of the old detra or dera club in moorside rd also dolly hynes same area any info email please alansden@hotmail.co.uk

  2. Stephen Bartrup said:

    Hi tried to email you but no send button,
    The comment by Anthony greenwood on the Abbey farm estate in Thetford, Norfolk, 1970,
    This is the best he has ever seen, can you tell me were this comment was made , we are trying to protect this iconic Estate
    best regards
    Stephen bartrup

  3. Celia Clark said:

    Are you connected with Portsmouth City Council archivists?
    We attended John Broughton’s recent lecture at the university of Portsmouth and were very disappointed that he did not mention these local examples!
    Celia Clark
    Portsmouth Society

    • I am John Boughton and not connected to the City Council in any way. My brief at the talk in Portsmouth was to talk more widely and I needed the opportunity of a local visit to view and research the housing I’ve described in my recent post. I hope the post makes up in part your disappointment at the talk.

      • Celia Clark said:

        Yes, it does! It would have been good to have Curzon Howe Road and Eastney Farm designated conservation areas, but the sell off of council housing led to too much individual change to the houses.

  4. The photo of Mercer heights in on mercer avenue. There were a row of shops behind you.
    I grew up playing there and i even and knew the people in the houses and flats.It is not nNorthwood, but in is Wrstvale an connects with Whitefield drive with the pigeon hous and Fantail pub.

  5. I grew up in a self-build community in the 1970s. I just wondered if you would write a history of that initiative? From my understanding, instead of giving people council houses, groups of young tradesmen and their families bought land from the council for cheaps to communally build their houses. So each house had a different tradesman heading it so that, collectively, they had the knowledge to do everything. There seems to have been some politics around it (according to my not very reliable father). I’d love to read more about how it all worked from a national level.

  6. Lynne Strutt Instagram lynne_strutt said:

    Hi John, your map of pre 1919 council housing is very interesting. There is one entry for Leeds, Camp Fields, now demolished. I have discovered a downloadable csv file here:
    and by filtering have found that there are 21 pre 1919 council properties in Leeds, mostly around Wetherby, but there are two in Kirkstall which is not too far from me (in Headingley). Unfortunately it doesn’t give addresses, just part of the postcode but I will see if I can find out more and if I can identify the houses, I will take some photos.

  7. There are some fascinating early 1920s council housing made of dressed stone by Caerphilly Urban District Council at Bryncelyn in Nelson. Very rare to see stone built council housing in this period. The same house types (inspired by 1920 manual types, plans and elevations from the Ministry of Health) were constructed by the same council at The Crescent, 1st Avenue etc in Trecenydd Caerphilly, although of brick.

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