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Working-Class Housing in England between the WarsThe Becontree Estate$
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Andrzej Olechnowicz

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206507.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars
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Andrzej Olechnowicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206507.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses council housing estates, specifically the Becontree Estate of the London County Council. This estate was considered a failure for three main reasons: it was badly planned and did not have adequate local government services and structure, it was not a ‘community’, and it was a working-class area. The chapter also attempts to answer several questions, such as why the LCC decided to build a large estate that was far from the centre of London.

Keywords:   council housing estates, Becontree Estate, London County Council, local government, working-class area, community

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