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Housing, early to mid 20th century

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Below are links to groups of pages on particular aspects of housing. Click an image to go to its group.


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Victorian/­Edwardian housing estates

These housing estates were state of the art for ordinary people at the end of the Victorian era and the early 20th century.

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1930s suburban housing

In the 1930s there was a big programme of house building around cities. These newly built-up areas were known as suburbia

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Un-modernised rural houses

In rural areas many people were still living in un-modernised old houses without running water or inside lavatories.

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Old slums and tenem­ents

In the early years of the 20th century there were still slums around towns and cities where people lived hand to mouth.

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Workhouses for local destitutes

In the early to mid 20th century charity provision for the destitute of the parish was extremely meagre and unpleasant.

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Casual wards for non-local destitutes

In the early to mid 20th century charity provision for the destitute of other parishes or of no fixed address parish was not only meagre but also unhealthy.

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Children's homes for destitute and unwanted children

In the early to mid 20th century orphans and unwanted children were placed in basic and regimented children's homes.

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Mid 20th century student accommodation

Student accommodation, always basic, did improve after the mid 20th century to provide better privacy and facilities.

See the link from the image for more about student life in mid 20th century universities.

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