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H 255 x W 205 mm

92 pages

40 figures, 2 tables (colour throughout)

Published Sep 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789697353

Digital: 9781789697360

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Housing; Council Housing; Residential Segregation; Local Government

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Wholesome Dwellings: Housing Need in Oxford and the Municipal Response, 1800-1939

By Malcolm Graham

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This study by Malcolm Graham, a leading Oxford local historian for many years, provides a fascinating insight into post-war housing needs in Oxford, and how the modern city evolved away from the university buildings and college quadrangles for which the city is internationally renowned.



Author’s Preface ;
Chapter 1 The nineteenth century background ;
Chapter 2 Towards municipal housing ;
Chapter 3 The Addison Act and Oxford ;
Chapter 4 Building for General Needs ;
Chapter 5 Building for Slum Clearance and Overcrowding ;
Chapter 6 Municipal Housing or Private Enterprise ;
Chapter 7 Landlord and Tenants ;
Chapter 8 Residential Segregation and the Cutteslowe Walls ;
Conclusion ;
Bibliography ;

About the Author

Malcolm Graham gained a B.A. in History at Nottingham University and an M.A. in English Local History at Leicester. A qualified librarian, he became Oxford City’s first full-time local history librarian in 1970 and has been hugely active in Oxford and Oxfordshire local history ever since. He completed a PhD at Leicester University in 1985, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1999.


This attractively presented book is packed with facts and figures about the ‘other Oxford’ and the housing of the working classes. Amply illustrated with estate maps, dwelling plans, and archive photos, the author, Malcolm Graham, former Head of the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, has made a valuable contribution to the historiography of municipal housing. - Robert Ernest Brown (2020), Midland History.
In the field of housing history, a subject which should be of major interest to local historians, this is an important and very welcome book... This beautifully-illustrated book provides a very readable and accessible analysis and assessment which focuses on the period between the wars. - Alan Crosby (2021), The Local Historian.