The different types of new houses
Meg McCourt recalls the new houses built around her in Tile Kiln Lane
Contributed by The Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd
You had to go on a housing list to be entitled to a New Town house, well to be entitled to a council house but to go into a New Town house you had to be brought out with a, an industry didn’t you, you see. The New Town houses, because these were the first houses to be built, that was 1956, a month before my second child was born. The only other places here were the bungalows down the end there. Well they were built by Brocks Fireworks in Redbourn and they were built for the workers of Brocks Fireworks. These were built but very soon after they were built and the houses opposite were built. Now the houses opposite were not private houses, they were development houses and they were for higher paid workers because they built different housing for different grades of paid workers didn’t they? So opposite they were for the higher paid workers but of course it changed once people were able to buy their own houses.