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THE HOUSING HANDBOOH

THE

HOUSING HANDBOOK,

By W. THOMPSON, 9 Surrey.

RICHMOND (SURREY) TOWN COUNCIL,

Author of Housing of the Working Classes,and Richmond Official

Housing Report.

A PRACTICAL MANUAL

FOR THE USE OF OFFICERS, MEMBERS, AND COMMITTEES
OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES, MINISTERS OF RELIGION,
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, AND ALL SOCIAL OR
MUNICIPAL REFORMERS INTERESTED IN THE

HOUSING OF THE WORKING CLASSES.

PUBLISHED BY
THE NATIONAL HOUSING REFORM COUNCIL,

432, WEST STRAND, LONDON, W.C.

MAY BE ORDERED FROM-

H. R. ALDRIDGE, NATIONAL HOUSING REFORM COUNCIL,

432, WEST STRAND, LONDON, W.C.
P. S. KING & SON, 2 and 4, GREAT SMITH STREET, WESTMINSTER,

LONDON, S.W.
W. THOMPSON, 37, MOUNT ARARAT ROAD, RICHMOND, SURREY.

1903.

LEICESTER:

CO-OPERATIVE PRINTING SOCIETY LIMITED, 99, CHURCH GATE. 1.7-4.40

INTRODUCTION.

'HE following pages have been written in the hope that they may to

earnest men and women who want to know what they can DO to promote the better housing of the working classes.

The experience of the past twelve years, spent in promoting or assisting in the promotion of a number of housing schemes in various parts of the country, has convinced the writer of the need for some such convenient collection of facts and figures dealing with the practical side of the housing question as that which it has been attempted to embody in this book.

It has not been an easy matter to get reliable particulars in every case, but in the main the substantial facts and figures have either been abstracted from official returns or supplied by the kindness of the officers of the various bodies concerned. It is impossible that there should be no inaccuracies, but it is believed they will not be found of such a nature or extent as to modify in any material degree the various conclusions arrived at. Corrections from any source whatever will be gratefully welcomed, and an endeavour will also be made from time to time to keep the various returns and statements up-to-date, so far as they have any bearing on the actual practical work of housing. In nearly every case the writer has had the advantage of personally inspecting the various dwellings described, and in many instances, especially in connection with recent work under Part III, has been consulted by the various authorities in the preparation of the schemes.

The King and the Housing of the Working Classes. Most of the work described has been done under the Public Health and Housing Acts, which, to a great extent, took their present form as an outcome of the Royal Commission, appointed on March 4th, 1884, to enquire into the Housing of the Working Classes in the United Kingdom.

His Majesty King Edward VII (then .Prince of Wales) was a sympathetic and keenly interested member of this Commission, the meetings of which he regularly and constantly attended. Since that time his earnestness in the cause of housing reform has been repeatedly manifested, and much as he has laboured to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of broken health and disease by encouraging the provision and support of hospital accommodation everywhere, he has been equally anxious to assist measures for the prevention of such sickness and disease by giving his royal countenance to the efforts of the various municipalities in the direction of providing more and better dwellings for the masses of the people. The cottages on his Majesty's Norfolk estate at Sandringham, although erected some years ago, are themselves models of what workmen's cottages should be, and as in recent visits to London County Council Dwellings on the Boundary Street Area and the Millbank Estate, both the King and Queen have shewn an interest,

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