100 Years of Council Housing

The Housing Act 1919, more commonly known as the Addison Act after then-minister for health and housing Lord Christopher Addison, paved the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years.

It is credited with establishing the principle of large-scale, state-funded provision of council housing at low rents.

The first council houses were built in Ashfield in 1922 in Skegby and Huthwaite. We now have over
6,700 homes in our housing stock made up of houses, bungalows, flats and older peoples courts.

To celebrate the centenary we have a number of celebrations planned, including placing a blue plaque on one of the first council homes to be built in Asfield and renewing road sign at Addison Drive, Hucknall


Tell us your council housing stories

We want to hear your stories about your memories of council housing in Ashfield. They can be
funny, life changing, heart breaking, nostalgic, from years past or recent. We want to document the
impact council housing has had over the past 100 years. We’d also like to see any photographs you
have featuring life in Ashfield’s council housing. You can share your stories and photographs with us via social media, email e.lindley@ashfield.gov.uk or by writing to us.


Use the map below to find out when Ashfield's council housing was built