City Architects Housing Department
Collection Reference: C TAY
Covering Dates: c.1880-1984
Description of the Records:
contains files of papers relating to housing schemes and building
projects undertaken by the Housing Section of the City Architects
Department. The files include specifications, estimates, tenders,
correspondence, work orders, plans and drawings, lists of property
defects, sampled financial accounts, site meeting minutes,
sectional completion certificates and photographs. The files give
information about particular housing schemes. This includes
property names and addresses, number of dwellings and area covered,
name of contractor, materials used, estimates and costing for work,
and details about the specifications for the scheme.
Searching the Collection:
search the collection using our online catalogue.
You can also use the paper catalogue in our search room to browse
the collection. Please note that the files relate to a particular
housing scheme rather than a specific property (e.g. Bilton Grange
Estate) so you need to search using the housing scheme name.
How the collection can help your
You can use the records to undertake
research into 20th century council housing schemes, including
inter- and post-war housing. You can also use the records to study
the processes of property construction, alterations, extensions,
restoration, maintenance, costs (in some cases wages), and
materials used in council building projects.