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“…but still in a lot of mud, and rather rough conditions which one gets from a building site. We then walked back up through the mud to Stoney Hall and to Broadview, and this house was one that had been occupied for about 6 months, and was now empty.
And we rather liked that, it was in a situation the building had gone past that, things were clean and fairly tidy around. It was nearer the Old Town, which was the sole source of shopping in those days.”
When the new town was first built, there were strict rules for who could get houses. You had to get a job, work in Stevenage for six months, and then you got a house to rent. The houses weren’t cheap to rent, but they were generally new houses with gardens and many people came from overcrowded rooms primarily in London.
When you got a job you had to see Miss. Tabor, the first housing officer in Stevenage she had the job for many years and many interviews mention her as a key figure:
Click the link to read and listen.
Mr Alford, Architect
Mr Lenthall, Engineer
Mr Lowe, Builder
Mrs Askew, Pioneer
Mrs Rees, Community Activist
Mr Hayward, Emergency Service
Mr Severn, Pioneer
Mary Tabor, Housing Officer
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Saving the 70s is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project across two counties (Hertfordshire and Suffolk) celebrating all things 70s. Stevenage Museum is working to scan photos from the decade and has started with this picture of the Superbus. The Superbus Company (part of London Country Bus Services) arrived in 1971 and their buses were a common sight in the town with their distinctive yellow and blue livery.
Follow the link to find out more about the project which is now completed
The museum welcomes volunteers.
Here will be lots of pictures, This is an on-going project