Sunday, 23 September 2018

Social housing history

TREVOR OTTLEWSKI gave a talk about purpose-built villages at this month’s meeting of the Wargrave Local History Society.

TREVOR OTTLEWSKI gave a talk about purpose-built villages at this month’s meeting of the Wargrave Local History Society.

He talked about Styal in Cheshire, which was built by mill owner Samuel Greg in the 1790s to keep his 400 workers fit and healthy.

In 1853 Price’s Candle Company built Price’s Village in Bromborough, Wirrall, with houses, a church and school.

Although the company no longer exists, the village survives and many of its buildings are Grade II listed. Mr Ottlewski said some purpose-built homes were for estate workers, such as Holly Village in Highgate, north London, which is now a private gated estate.

The society’s next meeting will be on February 10, when Peter Hearn will give a talk called “Hennerton: from eggs to golf balls”. The annual meeting will be on March 10. Meetings are held in the Old Pavilion at 8pm. For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargrave history.org.uk

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