Proud of their new home in Cwmbran New Town
PRIDE OF PLACE
Post war developers cleared slums and created homes for heroes. These early developments engendered a sense of pride in people’s homes that had nothing to do with home ownership, but much more to do with pride of place. It did not matter whether you own your property or not, it was still yours, and people communicated this ownership through well kept gardens and vegetable patches and conspicuously well cared for homes.
Thatchers’ attempts to re-invent this sense of pride through the Right to Buy programme, allowing people to buy properties at knock down prices did not work, because it failed to realise that people’s sense of pride in their environment was as much emotion as it was financial. The ultimate effect of this disasterous policy is to create ghettos of social housing, the bits of council estates that nobody really wants to live in and these become cauldrons of disaffection as shown in the image above.
RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS OF INHABITANTS
Does the Catholic background of the majority of the inhabitants have a part to play in the development of mass housing? It has been been suggested that the religion of the inhabitants may have affected decision to re-located people to mass housing out of town.
But, considerable research would need to be done to ascertain the relationship of religion to housing development.
This excellent old train once had pride of place in the New Church Farm play area in Skelmersdale. Now, for reasons of health and safety is has been removed and more acceptable play apparatus put in its place. But possibly at the loss of developing children’s imagination? Newer, housing developments such as Nine Elms in Battersea, London have re-invented this idea of imaginative play.
Glenthorne school annexe in Skelmersdale was is an imaginative feast. An annexe to the main building, which is rather more orthodox, it rather has the look of a structure put together with left over building materials.