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The housing market in Islington between the wars

Hinchcliffe, TFM; (1991) The housing market in Islington between the wars. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The means for the provision of houses in an area and the manner of the subsequent ownership and occupation of the houses evolve through local conditions, so that every area has what can be called its own housing culture. When local authorities were required by legislation in 1919 to make provision for housing need within the area of their jurisdiction, the Metropolitan Borough Councils of the inner boroughs of London found that not only were they constrained by the paucity of available sites, they were also expected to intervene in an already mature housing culture. By following the housing activities of the Metropolitan Borough of Islington, my thesis illustrates the difficulties and constraints encountered when a local authority did intervene in a local housing culture and the eventual adjustments and compromises necessary in both the public and the private provision of houses. The first chapter explains the nature of the housing culture in the Borough and chapter two applies the concept to post-World War I Islington. Chapters three and four outline the housing activities of Islington Borough Council under the 1919 and 1924 Housing Acts. Chapter five compares the housing culture in Islington during the 1930s with the earlier immediate post-War period and chapter six deals with Islington Council's housing contributions under the 1930 and 1935 legislation. Chapter seven examines the rents charged by Islington Council in relation to the rents of accommodation already available in the locality and this chapter also considers the measures the Council took to manage its properties. Chapter eight is concerned with the amenities provided by the Council in its dwellings and it identifies the emergence of a housing culture within the public sector which by the end of the inter-war period had assumed an autonomy of its own within the general housing culture of Islington.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The housing market in Islington between the wars
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127836
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