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Happy Birthday Dover House Estate

Happy Birthday Dover House Estate

Published: 06/06/2019 By Allan Fuller

Dover House Estate celebrates 100 years with event at St Margaret's Church  
In 1919, London County Council proposed an estate of about 1200 houses on the Putney House, and Dover House parkland, to fulfil a policy designed to relieve the pressure for 'Homes fit for heroes'. The Housing Act of 1919 incorporated generous subsidies for local authorities to build affordable housing for rent.

The estate was meticulously planned with houses in short symmetrical terraces and pairs, with every house having a vista over green space. It was to be a self-contained community with a school and rows of shops. The layout where possible preserved prominent trees; the trees on the Pleasance can be seen on 1787 Corris map.

Building started from the Upper Richmond Road and progressed to the Crestway. The first houses were completed in late 1920, but a financial overrun delayed the completion until 1927. The roads and sewers were in place in October 1921.

The housing was only let to families where the man had a permanent job which limited it further to whitecollar workers and a limited number of blue collar workers. The first tenants were civil servants, teachers and busdrivers. LCC did not allow tenants to make any changes to the outside of the property or even alter the design of the parlour. This continued until the 1950s. Council contractors would cut the front hedges each summer to maintain a uniform height and appearance.

On 29 June from 3pm to 9pm there will be a chance to celebrate the centenary of the estate at St Margaret’s Church, Putney Park Lane.

Entertainment from the South London Jazz Orchestra (7-9pm), Dover House Singers (6-7pm) and the Putney and Wimbledon Brass Band (4-6pm)– plus a 1920’s themed bake-off (bring your cakes on the day 3-5pm). Plus games from the 1920's, Raffle, Tombola & more -all day. Kids face painting, arts and crafts 3-5pm.

Best Dressed Competition 1920's! Judged by Special Celebrity Guest-so don't forget to dress to impress Gatsby Style 7-8pm.

For more info search "Party Like its 1919" on facebook or contact mckeon.carolyn@gmail.com.

Don't forgot to bring cash on the day.

[Source: PutneySW15]