Local history of social housing

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David Hayns, who has had a long involvement in local history in Cheshire, delivered a detailed and illuminating illustrated account of 'social housing' in Malpas to the Audlem District History Society.

Its history goes back as early as the sixteenth century when Sir Randle Brereton provided a 'bedehouse' ( i.e.almshouse). The 'bede' refers to prayer beads, and recipients in those early days were required to say prayers for the donor families.

In 1884 a local clockmaker built three houses next to his shop 'so that migration to other parts will be reduced' wrote The Chester Chronicle. The continuing problem of the distancing of workers' homes from their workplace was recognised over the centuries in Malpas.

As David Hayns concluded, 'It is only by ensuring a balance of affordable and more upmarket housing that a balanced and vibrant community, such as Malpas, can continue to thrive'.

The next History Society meeting is on Thursday 17th May at the Scout & Guide Hall. It's 7.15pm for an 7.30pm start. Guests are always welcome (£2). The speaker is Malcolm Reid on 'The WW1 trench system on the old Hillfort, Oswestry'.

 

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