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Hemel Hempstead Wates famous Dormy House - advert in New Towns Exhibition Catalogue, 1959



Hemel Hempstead Photo: a fantastic Hemel Hempstead Photograph Featuring Wates famous Dormy House - advert in New Towns Exhibition Catalogue, 1959

Photograph Taken On Saturday, January 11, 2020


From the catalogue issued to accompany the 1959 exhibtion on the UK's fifteen designated New Towns an advert for a slightly rare beast in all of them - private development property. Although intended to include a planned, balanced mix of homes and industrial developments the New Towns, usually run by Development Corporations that 'over-ruled' aspects of local authority control, were mostly built with social housing and so homes such as this were in a minority. Wates are still in business as a construction company and date back to 1897. In the pre-war period they were into speculative suburban development in quite a way but during the war, and post-war period, moved into more general construction. This advert is for 'luxury' homes in Basildon and Slough (not a New Town as such) with, shortly, homes being built in Hemel Hempstead and Crawley.View image on Flickr

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