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Rehousing Exeter after the War

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Jurys Inn Exeter Hotel

Western Way

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EX1 2DB

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a tale of innovative temporary ‘pre-fabs’ and new, award-winning, housing estates built for bombed-out Exeter.

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“EXETER WAS A JEWEL AND WE HAVE DESTROYED IT” boasted German radio in May 1942. The extensive damage to the city centre caused by those air raids obscures another problem created by war damage: housing. The raids destroyed around 1,500 houses and seriously damaged another 2000; by some estimates there was barely a house in the city which emerged unscathed.

Added to the plight of the bombed out was the pre-war problem of poor housing which, alongside a growing number of newly-married couples and young families in want of a home of their own, created a post-war Council housing list of 5000.

Clare Maudling, who described to us in 2014 how Exeter’s centre was revamped, will take us through a tale of innovative temporary ‘pre-fabs’ and new, award-winning, housing estates. The estates at Stoke Hill, Whipton Barton and Countess Wear were built according to the new concept of ‘neighbourhood planning’ i.e. based on the concept of the ‘garden suburb’ to create new communities complete with their own shops, schools, churches, pubs and leisure buildings. They were designed with thought and care, with the Stoke Hill Estate receiving national recognition for its design.

Clare will describe the thinking that went into the building of these estates and the problems the council encountered in its efforts to ensure that the people of Exeter had homes they could be proud of.

Please note that, unless the regulations change, this event will be broadcast via Zoom. More details will be provided nearer the date. The event is free to members .

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