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Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars: The Becontree Estate

Andrzej Olechnowicz


This book presents an important episode in the 20th-century history of the United Kingdom: the largest public housing scheme ever undertaken in Britain (and at the time of its planning, in the world). Built between 1921 and 1934, the London County council's Becontree Estate housed over 110,000 people in 25,000 dwellings. This book discusses the early years of the estate, looking in detail at the philosophy behind its construction and management policies, and showing how it eventually came to be denigrated as a social concentration camp exemplifying all the political dangers of a mass culture. ... More

Keywords: public housing scheme, Britain, Becontree Estate, philosophy, construction, management policies, political dangers, mass culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrzej Olechnowicz, author
St Hugh's College, Oxford