Local Authority Housing, Fisherton Street, 1924
In country districts Local Authorities were able to built estates of cottages but in towns, where land prices were so high, four or five storey blocks were the norm. This is a typical Local Authority development of its time. It was built under the 1923 Housing Act for the Working Classes. The architects, chosen by competition, were Ashley and Newman. Their scheme had the innovation of hot water from a central boiler.
These blocks of flats were very like the ones built by the L.C.C. after 1900, when the land prices in London had forced them to build four and five storey blocks instead of cottages. In some blocks there were laundries in the roofs, but not in these ones.
New rents for four bedroom tenements suggested by the Ministry of Health were 12 shillings and nine pence a week. There would be, in addition, a charge for the use of wash-house and hot water. St. Marylebone Council thought this too high for working class tenants and suggested a rent of ten shillings a week, about 20% of the national wage in 1924.