“Report of the committee appointed by the president of the local government board and the secretary for Scotland to consider the questions of building construction in connection with the provision of dwellings for the working classes in England and Wales, and Scotland and report upon methods of securing economy and despatch in the provision of such dwellings“
It doesn’t sound like a page-turner, but the Tudor Walters report is a remarkable document, that set the standard for council housing after the first world war.
2019 is the 100th anniversary of council housing, and two-thirds of new housing in Alnwick between 1919 and 1939 was commissioned by the council. That housing is still home to one in ten of Alnwick’s households. The design and layout was a radical departure from earlier practice: because of the standards set out by Tudor Walter’s committee.
The report is well worth a look – for insights into family life in 1919, the ambitions that lay behind the slogan “homes fit for heroes”, and a perspective on what shaped the look of significant parts of our town. <here>. We were particularly taken with the discussion on use of a parlour, but there’s much more to it than that.
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