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'The Young Gardener'- George Dunlop Leslie1889

‘The Young Gardener’- George Dunlop Leslie1889

‘Gardeners are good. Such vices as they have

Are like the warts and bosses in the wood

Of an old oak. They’re patient, stubborn folk,

As needs must be whose busyness it is

To tutor wildness, making war on weeds.’

Gerald Bullett

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Municipal Dreams

The Mackworth Estate in Derby is a good example of the more ambitious of the new suburban council estates built after World War Two.  Its story – from founding vision to flawed fulfilment – tells us much about the evolution of social housing in the last seventy years.

Henley Green Henley Green

Derby, an industrial town with a proud railway and engineering heritage, had a strong tradition of council house construction.  The Borough Council had announced plans for 1000 council homes in 1919 – the first 16 completed were in Victory Road, more followed in Stenson Road.   In the 1930s, new housing estates were developed beyond the city centre in Chaddesden, Sinfin and Old Normanton.  By 1940, the Council had built over 7000 homes. (1)

Derby's earliest council housing on Victory Road Derby’s earliest council housing on Victory Road

Labour won control of the council in 1928 and regained power in 1934. It would retain control until boundary changes in 1968. …

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