Design of the Period House - 1920-1929
Although known as 'the Roaring Twenties', the period mixed post-First World War optimism with years of economic depression. Many of the 1920s houses were in suburban developments in the countryside around existing towns and cities. As with the late-19th century period, these new houses were built in conjunction with new railway lines. Most houses were still built by speculative builders, who funded each project from the profits from the previous buildings.
Metro-Land guide - issued by the Metropolitan Railway - 1924
The Metropolitan Railway, the first underground railway in the world (1863) sought to entice passengers out of the smog of London into the countryside that the railway passed through - and as they, uniquely, had land development powers, were determined to show people the advantages of suburban living in new homes using their railway services. Thus was born "Metroland" and this is the cover of the 1924 edition of the booklet they issued to promote it. Inside are described rural villages and…
The 1930s Home (Shire Albums): 381 (Shire Library)
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Going up in the world (the rise of Metroland) – Emma Cownie
If you walk north of Brynmill, you start to go up in the world. The surburbs of Ffynone, Uplands and Sketty are perched on one of Swansea many hills. The houses that were built here after the First World War are big and spacious. Swansea, like the rest of the UK, experienced a house-building boom in…