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  • By ian hudson
    Sep 11, 2013
    I WAS BROUGHT UP in Fordcroft road BY MY GRANDMOTHER FROM MARCH 1940 TO 16 JANUARY 1953, SHE PASSED AWAY ON MY 13th birthday, Poverest road was originally named SHERWOOD ROAD, AND I DON'T THINK THE PEOPLE OF FORD ROAD WOULD TAKE NONE TO KINDLY HAVE THEIR DWELLING REFERED TO AS SLUMS, Harry and Phyllis Smith used to live in number 8, most of the so called slums as you call them were owned by HENRY and Ada Pateman, SHE used to come round and collect the rent, they never carried out repairs, my nan paid 10/- shilling a week rent,
  • By John Pateman
    Nov 6, 2010
    Fordcroft is the story of a working class area of St Mary Cray, Kent, built for railway and factory workers in the late nineteenth century. Fordcroft consisted of five roads: Bellefield Terrace (later renamed Cross Roas), Poverest Road, Bridge Road (including Bellfield Cottages), Fordcroft Road and Bellefield Road. The houses at Fordcroft were 'jerry built' with no foundations or damp course. Little wonder that by the 1930s they were beginning to suffer from sagging ceilings and walls and significant dampness. The Housing Act 1930 was passed to deal with 'slum' areas such as Fordcroft. The Act required local councils to identify areas of slum housing and to designate them as Improvement Areas. Bromley Rural District Council proposed that Fordcroft Road, Bellfield Cottages and Poverest Road be designated an Improvement Area. A survey was carried out in 1933 to assess the housing conditions. This survey indicated that there were many building defects and some houses were overcrowded,... More > containing more than one family, lodgers or sub tenants. In one instance a two bedroom house was occupied by nine people. The houses did not have bathrooms or toilets. A tin bath would be filled with water from a tap in the scullery, and the WC would be in an outhouse. Several families kept animals including chickens, rabbits and dogs. After pressure from landlords and MPs, sections of the Housing Act were repealed and Fordcroft was not finally designated an Improvement Area for slum clearance. Nothing was done to improve the living conditions until 1957 when several of the houses in Poverest Road started to collapse. These houses were demolished in 1958 and the residents were moved to a new housing estate at Ramsden, Orpington.< Less
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Pateran Press
December 31, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.75 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.26 wide x 11.69 tall
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