Just Like The Country: accompanying book

A book of edited memories and photographs

Just Like The Country presents the reminiscences of Londoners who moved from the inner city slum dwellings to the spacious ‘cottage estates’, built by the London County Council between 1919 and 1939.

Between 1988 and 1991, we interviewed many pensioners from all over London who were re-housed on these ‘cottage estates’ in the inter-war years.  We were also able to find people who were either involved in the building of the estates or worked for the LCC, and their recollections provide a unique record of the working conditions and methods of the period.

Rod Hackney, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, wrote in his introduction to the book, “Just Like The Country provides a fascinating view of one of the most significant periods of change in the history of mass housing provision in the years following the First World War, and the government’s promise to provide ‘homes fit for heroes.’ Just Like The Country is an absorbing glimpse of the past as well as an apt reminder of the potential strength and vitality of the community, and the tributes paid by many of the LCC tenants of the twenties and thirties to their ‘cottage estates’ are a timely testimony to the best that state-provided rented housing can do.”


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