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A Revolution in London Housing

LCC housing architects and their work between 1893 and 1914, by Michael Crowder

The First Meeting of the London County Council in the County Hall Spring Gardens, 1889 by Henry Jamyn Brooks'What terrible barracks... vast sheer walls unbroken by even an attempt at ornament, row above row of windows in mud coloured surface, upwards, upwards, lifeless eyes, murky openings that tell of bareness, disorder, comfortlessness within', wrote the Victorian writer, George Gissing in his book The Nether World published in 1889. He was describing an example of London housing built 'for the army of industrialism... a weltering mass of human weariness, of hopeless hope, of crushed surrender tumbled together within those forbidding walls'.

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