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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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Local Services and Jobs

Local Services and Jobs

(p.72) 3 Local Services and Jobs
Working-Class Housing in England between the Wars

Andrzej Olechnowicz

Oxford University Press

Prior to its completion, the Becontree Estate was described as having nothing but mortar, bricks, and acres of mud. Due to the fast population growth and size of the estate, the development of services and employment was hindered. The population was composed mostly of those under eighteen, and no less than 800 houses were added after the estate was completed. This chapter discusses the different services and jobs that were made available in Becontree Estate. At least 400 shops were built, along with twenty-seven churches, thirty schools, and fourteen doctors' houses. Unfortunately, the estate and failed to attract and provide local jobs.

Keywords:   Becontree Estate, population growth, size, development, services, employment, local jobs

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