|Well Hall and Manchester, 1916|
Now I rather like the fact that our house would have been the subject of conversation over the breakfast tables of Manchester back on January 7 1916, because on that day the Manchester Guardian carried a story on “The Garden Town for Munition Workers.”**
And the paper was full of praise for a development which despite “the exigencies of the war” was a “notable achievement, both as regards speed of creation and artistic merit.”
And reading the account today you can see why their correspondent was impressed. "The site is an extensive one between Blackheath and Eltham, and runs on both sides of the main road.
|The estate in 1950|
There is no formality in the grouping of the terraces; neither does the scheme lose simplicity of character......... Every house is well planned and solidly built.”
That said the correspondent questioned the lack of facilities, “it is curious that one or two village shops were not included into the scheme, and one cannot quite imagine how the villagers will get on without some cherry place of assembly.
|More from the Manchester Guardian, 1916|
Of course give the war and the need to build the houses it is possible to see how shops and a church were not seen as an immediate priority but I would like to know the identity of our philanthropist and what happened to the church.
All of which will be for another time.
Location;Well Hall, Eltham, London
Picture; Well Hall Road in 1950, from Well Hall Estate, Eltham: An Example of Good Housing Built in 1915, S.L.G. Beaufoy and extracts from the Manchester Guardian, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass
*One hundred years of one house on Well Hall Road, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/One%20hundred%20years%20of%20one%20house%20in%20Well%20Hall
**“The Garden Town for Munition Workers," Manchester Guardian, January 7 1916