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My council home & neighbours: 50 years at Chettle Court - Vaughan Meltzer

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Images of 50 years of Chettle Court and its residents

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In 1975 Vaughan Melzer was offered a single person’s flat in Chettle Court, a 1972 L-shaped, six-storey block of mixed council homes perched on a hill near Crouch End.

Despite comments such as ‘I wouldn’t live there’ and ‘den of iniquity’ Vaughan moved in - into the first home with running hot water that she had known. Fifty years later she is still there, enjoying ‘the silence and everyday peace’.

After 14 years of earning her living as a social worker in Haringey and Camden, Vaughan studied photography and became a freelance photographer. She has been photographing Chettle Court ever since: documenting a major refurbishment in 1994 and residents’ activities, and taking portraits of its people. These images express for her the love and gratitude she feels for the unknown architect and Haringey Council for offering her a ‘proper home’, and for ‘the kaleidoscope of interesting people with whom I share this precious and beautiful estate’.

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