Lewes and Eastbourne: 100 Years of Council Housing

Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils have compiled a 24-page booklet to celebrate the centenary of the Addison Act, which started large scale building of social housing in the UK.

Dr Christopher Addison recognised that good quality housing had a direct link to health and wellbeing. He guided the Housing and Town Planning Act through Parliament, paving the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years.

The booklet includes material from Lewes History Group street stories on the Nevill, and also local residents’ personal memories of housing in Lewes district and Eastbourne from years past, their views on how it has changed, and stories of its significance in people’s lives.

Download the booklet from this page

For more on the history of the Nevill Estate, and photos, memories, and cuttings, click on Yes, the Nevill does have a history!

Aerial photo of the second part of the Nevill Downs Estate under construction in the mid-1930s. Image supplied by Robert Cheesman from www.britainfromabove.org.uk


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