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Homes & Places: A history of Nottingham's Council Houses

Written and designed by Chris Mathews, Research & Editorial Support by Dan Lucas.


The 50,000th Nottingham council house being opened, The Meadows, 1976

This book would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the following people and organisations. At Nottingham City Homes thanks must go to Nick Murphy for commissioning the project in the spring of 2015. This would have been a substantially weaker piece of work were it not for the research and editorial support of the Strategy and Research Manager at Nottingham City Homes, Dan Lucas.

 Dan put me in touch with most of the following people, including Paul Flowers, a long-serving member of staff whose images and previous study of the housing department have been very supportive. In the Communications team Sam Whitworth and Simon Butcher have been helpful in supplying post-ALMO photographs and helping with the production process. George McEwen on work experience was also helpful in finding various online images. Helen Godfrey-Clamp set up a series of enjoyable interviews with existing tenants including Anne Dean, Tenant Board member; Margaret Pugsley, former Tenant Board member; Robert Morrell, Communications Panel member; David Anthony, Ace Inspector; Dave Lockwood, Ace Inspector, Sue Stevenson, Chair of Communities in Action and Janet Storar MBE, Chair of NCH Board. At Nottingham City Council the following councillors were kind enough to lend me their insight and knowledge: Alex Ball, Jane Urquhart, Deputy Leader Graham Chapman, Dave Liversidge, Dave Trimble, Marcia Watson, and Malcolm Wood. Also within the council’s constitutional services, Mark Leavesley – for supplying eight big boxes of minutes and reports from the 1970s onwards. Former Councillor and Leader of the Council Betty Higgins was kind enough to offer her views on politics and housing from both the present day back to the 1960s. The following museums and archives have provided generous support: Catherine Ross at the SKN Heritage Museum, Nick Tomlinson at Picture the Past, Nottinghamshire Archives, The East Midlands Collection at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Central Library, Museums Sheffield and Tris Aver at Nottingham Castle Museums. Tris put me in touch with artist Paul Waplington and it was a pleasure to hear his views and reproduce his painting for this publication.

 Bill Silburn was able to enlighten me on the foreign country that was Nottingham in the 1960s and 1970s. Also of that era: Martin Rockley offered the alternative view of Balloon Woods; closer to town, Diane McNeil illustrated the strength of community life in the high-rises; Ian Wells of the Nottingham Civic Society checked through my reading list; Josie Tanvir contributed comments on an initial reading and Paddy Long proofread the final copy; Elain Harwood dug out an obscure reference on David Jenkin, while Adrian Jones, the former Director of Planning, recounted his experiences in building conservation. Thanks must also go to Juliet Line and Andy Parkinson at TravelRight; it was on the back of their local history projects in North Nottingham that this commission came about. The ‘long lost son’ can never forget the stories of Swingate, Larkfields and Valley Road, so thank you, Mum, Dad and Mama (though Basford District Council is another story). And last but never least, my partner Emily Wilczek, for being so patient this summer!