ISLINGTON HOUSING NEWS SUPPLEMENT
HISTORY OF CITY HOUSING NO.7

 

1. ENGLAND 1500

In 1500 England was a small country with a population of 3 million people.

A visiting Italian remarked how thinly populated the country was with hardly any towns of importance.

He also considered that the English upper class were selfish in sending their children away to boarding schools.

2. LONDON 1500

London was a city of about 60,000 people with mostly wooden houses and tiled roofs. The old St. Paul's Cathedral with its 500 ft. spire dominated the city.

Westminster and the City had joined and there was development across the river at Southwark.

Houses spread in a kind of ribbon development through to Hoxton, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Islington.

 

3. A PREFAB EXPERIMENT

There is on record the first experiment in prefabricated housing in London.

4 prefab houses were erected in Rood Lane. The bricks for the houses came from kilns in Whitechapel. But the timber frames for the 3-storey houses were made at Maldon in Essex.

The frames were probably transported to London by the Thames.

4. OTHER CITIES

London did not compare with the great cities of Europe. 5 cities - Paris, Naples, Milan, Venice and Constantinople had populations of over 100,000 people.

In Flanders cities such as Bruges and Antwerp were larger and did far more business than London.

 

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