At that time, as Britain was recovering from the loss of life and economic effects of the First World War, some 80 per cent of people rented their homes from private landlords.
The scale of poverty and poor conditions prevailing in the rental sector at that time, and the bad health of many who went off to war between 1914 and 1918, spawned the pledge by David Lloyd George that he would build a “land fit for heroes.”
The vehicle to create such a land was to be the local authority, and legislation in 1919 and 1924 allowed subsidies for councils to build mostly houses but a small number of flats too.
The London County Council (which later turned into the Greater London Council and now no longer exists) was the most active builder of what were called estates – in Barking, Ilford and Dagenham, for example, the LCC constructed nearly
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