Help us celebrate 100 years of council housing

Published Monday, 10 June 2019

Residents across Waverley are being invited to contribute their memories to help celebrate 100 years of council housing.

Following the First World War, the 1919 Housing Act promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ and spawned a huge council house-building programme, including 30 homes built within the borough during 1919. Nationally, the building included early replacements for slum dwellings and later, households bombed out during the Second World War, as well as major new estates to meet the post-war growth in demand for housing.

To help celebrate the centenary, Waverley Borough Council is asking for people’s stories, pictures or other memorabilia from each decade of the last 100 years that can be used to create a timeline of significant milestones, events and stories of people who have lived in council houses over the last century.

The timeline will be displayed at celebration events held in each of the four main settlements in the borough this August and will be displayed in the council offices and offered to local museums after the celebrations.

If you have any pictures, documents, or memories that you would be happy to share with the community, please contact the council by emailing: or call 01483 523196.

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