good living room fire and small bedroom ones, a gas stove and sink in the back­addition kitchen but no hot water apart from a kettle on the gas. Here, for the first time in my life, we had a purpose-made kitchen.

It was 1925 and Hornsey Borough Council had put up a long row of council houses on the remote edge of Muswell Hill, backing on to fields and woods. A single row of houses, in blocks of six or eight, stood new and untouched along Coppetts Road, in a sea of emptiness. Front gardens were marked out by short concrete posts with spiked iron chains looped between them, and a narrow path of black clinker from the municipal gas works led to each front door. Apart fron this nothing had been done. The ground was as the builders had left it; yellow clay with brick ends and bits of cement, but the houses were symbols of momentous change.

Coppetts Road

The drawings show a typical palour-type house with the bath in the kitchen, an outside WC and fuel-store, and a cold water tank in an unboarded loft. This design and a non-palour one were the standard designs of the estate.


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