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Suburban ideals on England’s interwar Council estates.

Hollow, M. (2011) 'Suburban ideals on England’s interwar Council estates.', Journal of the Garden History Society., 39 (2). pp. 203-217.


This paper looks at how the suburban ideals that were articulated and promoted by interwar politicians and the popular press were interpreted and played out on England’s council estates. Focusing upon the domestic garden, it looks at how tenants tried to overcome material and cultural obstacles in their efforts to live up to these standards. Evidence is taken from a range of written, visual, and oral sources related to life on the Wythenshawe Estate, Manchester, and the Downham Estate, South-East London. Ultimately, this paper shows that, despite their best efforts, the residents of England’s interwar council estates were unable to achieve the much- publicised ‘suburban ideal.’

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