Norwich celebrates 100 years of council homes
A city is celebrating the centenary of its first council homes being built - just weeks after its newest housing scheme won a major design award.
The first council house in Norwich appeared in October 1920 in Angel Road, with the city's first major estate, Mile Cross, built that same decade.
Earlier this month, the city council's Goldsmith Road development was named the country's best new building.
To mark the anniversary, 100 trees are being planted across the city.
Norwich City Council is also asking people to share their stories of living in a council home on its website.
- When council estates were a dream
- When Becontree was a 'working class haven'
- 'I don't want my kids thinking this is normal'
The parents of June Gidney, who grew up in Catton Grove close to the city's first council house in Angel Road, moved to their three-bedroom property in the late 1930s from a cramped house-share in an "important step" for the family.
"They couldn't believe the space they had - a whole living room and kitchen to themselves," she said.
"I fondly remember the strong sense of community."
Council homes sprung up across the country after the 1919 Housing Act promised government subsidies to local authorities.
There had been a huge demand for housing following World War One.
A surge in house building was triggered in 1930 when councils were ordered to knock down all remaining slums.
By the end of the decade, about 45% of Norwich's 7,600 council-built homes re-housed people from slum clearances.
By the 1970s, Norwich had the highest proportion of council housing of any city in the country - with just under a third of the city's current 14,500 council-owned homes built before World War Two.
Gail Harris, the Labour council's social housing cabinet member, said these homes were an "asset to the city".
"We should never take for granted our legacy of building council homes, which have produced communities and estates that make up the fabric of Norwich," she said.
"It's important to remember the story behind how it all began and has subsequently developed."