Nottingham City Homes celebrates council houses in book

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Image caption Nottingham's Victoria Centre Flats shortly before they were completed in about 1971

A book celebrating a city's social housing was a surprise Christmas hit.

Homes and Places: A History of Nottingham's Council Houses was published to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the city's modern housing association.

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Image caption Lenton Abbey council estate shortly after it was built in 1932

The work includes pictures and planning documents dating back to the 1800s as well as memories of people who lived in the houses.

The book was a bestseller at independent bookseller Five Leaves.

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Image caption Youngsters enjoying the park in St Ann's before it was completed in the early 1970s

As well as the personal tales of people who live in the housing, the book covers key events such as post-war rebuilding, high rise developments and Margaret Thatcher's Right to Buy scheme.

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Image caption Highcross Court, since demolished, was built in Radford in 1963 replacing houses with 112 flats

Nick Murphy, chief executive of Nottingham City Homes, said: "We wanted to produce a book to celebrate the housing achievements of the city of Nottingham to provide a social and historical look back at the city and its municipal housing."

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Image caption A prefabricated home in Beechdale replacing a post-war bungalow in the 1980s

Author Chris Matthews said: "We have been very lucky to have had lots of material to work with and I'm really proud of what we have achieved. I hope Homes and Places contributes towards a better understanding of our city."

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Image caption Modern "Dutch-style" homes have now been built on the former high-rise flats in Radford

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