Saturday, 18 February 2012

Community living

When we were younger, MWNN and I thought it would be a great idea if like minded couples could live communally. Each couple would have its own living quarters (a flat) and would pay so much 'rent' for central services such as laundry, cleaning, and meals.

Sollershott Hall (formerly Homesgarth)
Would you believe it, Letchworth began  building such a community in 1909.
"Homesgarth, which included co-operative housekeeping arrangements that challenged traditional ideas of domestic work,  was built between 1909-1913. It was a thirty-two flat housing development designed for professional people looking to reduce the burden of housework. Meals were cooked in a central kitchen and could either be taken in your own flat or a communal dining room."

We walked another section of the Letchworth Town Trail on Friday afternoon, starting at Howgills (where I attended a Queen acapella workshop) and passing Sollershott Hall (formerly Homesgarth) on our way back to the car.This walk took us down Lytton Avenue and Gernon road where we saw many Exhibition winners from the 1905 and 1907 competition for 'affordable housing'.  Each house proudly displays the commemorative plaque.