The fourth episode of “Phil Spencer: History of Britain in 100 Homes” was billed as showing homes between 1850 and 1880, “when working class slums were transformed into decent family abodes”.
The programme makers filmed former slum dwellings around Britain for 40 minutes before arriving at their 50th house in Bedford Park. Fear not, the area’s 500 homes have not plummeted in social or market value. The programme went on to explain Chiswick’s treelined garden suburb was initially conceived and became a template for future community developments, not for the working class, but to give “the middle classes the chance of a better quality of life”.
Filming took place last September with Bedford Park resident Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture and the London Society and Special Adviser to the Bedford Park Society, being interviewed and there are shots of the area including The Tavern, as a pub was a ground breaking addition to this prototype, planned development. You can still catch it on All 4.
The Bedford Park Society Spring Lecture
The Bedford Park Society’s Spring lecture on Tuesday 12 March is Putting Civility in Cities by TV writer and presenter Loyd Grossman in which he will discuss the vital contribution of urban parks to our quality of life. For details of the lecture, click here