The greatest leap in living standards: a history of council housing in Nottingham

Matthews, Chris (2017) The greatest leap in living standards: a history of council housing in Nottingham. In: Notts & Derbys Labour History Society, 21January 2017, Nottingham Mechanics Institute.

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Abstract

Council housing in Nottingham is an essential part of the city’s history and identity. The slums of the nineteenth century laid the foundations for the surge of construction activity in the twentieth. Between the wars, Nottingham was recognised as one of the largest and fastest builders of council housing in the country, with huge garden city estates pushing at the city boundaries. During the 1960s and 1970s attention turned to the inner city, and by 1981 around half of Nottingham’s population lived in council tenancies. The Right to Buy discount of the 1980s heralded a new era of decreasing stock, massive sales and modest rebuilding, then the birth of Nottingham City Homes in 2005 opened a new chapter in the story of Nottingham’s council housing. Since 2010 Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council have been building council housing again with renewed vigour and confidence.

Keywords:housing, architecture, urban history, local history
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V360 History of Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V321 Local History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:28040
Deposited On:26 Jul 2017 14:15

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