1st Viscount Addison, Responsible for the Bill that created Social Housing in 1919
It shall be the duty of every local authority within the meaning of Part III. of the Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890, to consider the needs of their area with respect to the provision of houses for the working classes.”
The Housing, Town Planning, &c. Act 1919
Our tenant, 100 year old Frances Shorthose, has spent over 75 years living in Council housing and we are delighted to have been a small part of her journey. We spoke to Frances to find out a little about her story. “I moved into my first Council house with my husband Ernest in 1943 and it was just a few streets away from where I live now. I’ve still got the rent book from when we lived there! I’ve been in Council houses ever since. This is the fourth Council home I’ve had and I’ve been in this house for 25 years.”
“I'm very happy, it’s a lovely neighbourhood and my neighbours are all so friendly. One time during the Second World War, a landmine dropped in the street outside our house. My husband told me to stay inside while he went out to see if he could help. Ernest was a male charge nurse during the war and was based nearby at St Catherine's Hospital in Balby. Things have changed a lot over the years, of course. I remember when it used to be all fields around this area – when I was young you could run from Weston Road all the way to Loversall in 15 minutes across the field! The houses were different back then too. We used to have a coal fire in the house and at night when it was cold you would have run upstairs to bed quick, or heat a plate up on the fire, wrap it in newspaper and put it in your bed to keep your feet warm! It's a different world now!”
Frances’ rent book from 1943
Bathrooms have changed through the ages
Interiors have changed in social housing properties over the last century.
Just take a look at these bathrooms!