Catalogue description BARNSTAPLE TOWN COUNCIL

This record is held by North Devon Record Office (South West Heritage Trust)

Details of B144
Reference: B144

Photographs of housing conditions in Barnstaple. All are undated but date from c.1945 - 1946

Date: c 1945 - 1946
Held by: North Devon Record Office (South West Heritage Trust), not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Harper, Richard, fl 1945, doctor, of Barnstaple

Physical description: 18 Files
Immediate source of acquisition:

The photographs were deposited in the Record Office on 3 January 1990.

Administrative / biographical background:

The Barnstaple Slums and Housing Conditions Committee, an unofficial Committee of concerned local people chaired by Dr. Richard Harper, presented an interim report entitled 'Your beautiful town' at Christmas 1944 (Ref. NDA PD900 BAR)


The Photographs listed here were taken by Dr Harper c.1945-1946. In 1946, the Committee submitted evidence and a petition to the Ministry of Health, with 'a large volume of photographs, illustrating bad housing conditions in the Borough'. At this time, the Borough had 923 applicants for Council housing and 727 houses were scheduled for demolition. (Ref. 2654A - 2/C125, Housing Committee minutes 1946)

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