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By Fred Wellings

This exam of the advance of the personal housebuilding from the Nineteen Thirties to the current day analyses the provision aspect of the undefined, and offers the 1st complete account of the company heritage of the twentieth century housing within the united kingdom.

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4272, p. 90. 14 See Johnson, ‘The Suburban Expansion of Housing in London 1918–1939’, for more background. 15 The significant area of concentration outside the south-east reflected the population centres, namely Cheshire and Lancashire with 419,000 houses, the West Riding of Yorkshire with 198,000 and the Midlands with 521,000.

Company Average Selling price £ Deviation % Barratt Bellway Berkeley Bovis Crest McCarthy & Stone Persimmon Redrow Taylor Woodrow Westbury Wilson Bowden Wimpey 170,000 161,400 282,000 197,900 210,000 154,300 172,400 154,700 197,300 194,000 206,000 193,000 4 8 60 12 19 12 2 12 12 10 17 9 Average 176,400 Source: Figures derived from the Appendix of the PHA 2005. Houses are not homogeneous The crude measure of the number of houses is not perfectly homogeneous; certainly less than, say, tons of coal or steel.

F. Nash. In contrast, the Epsom and Sutton local history department had no idea what happened to the dominant local builder (Berg) despite the librarian living in a Berg house. There may be more information available within the national and local newspapers but, without indexes, the task of collecting it would be Herculean and possibly with little additional benefit. The Glasgow Herald, for instance, is indexed but it produced virtually nothing on John Lawrence, the city’s leading builder. No references to individual company unit volumes before the war were located in the contemporary press, but there were some interesting reflections on what had been achieved in the pre-war period in post-war issues of Housebuilder magazine.

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