Hillfields is 100 years old in 2019

The 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act (often referred to as The Addison Act or Scheme after Christopher Addison, the minister who was largely responsible for its implementation) saw the start of the post-First World War council-house building programme and the development of the first large-scale council estates. This was not just about building homes; it was about creating communities and changing the social fabric of the country. Hillfields was the first of its kind to be built and paved the way for social housing around the world.

The local authority held an architectural competition to design houses for the estates. Fourteen architectural designs were selected, and it was decided to build a ‘demonstration area’ of these buildings at Hillfields and invite delegates from across Bristol and beyond to view them. As a result, Hillfields was developed using the competition winners’ house designs resulting in an estate with more architectural variation than any other inter-war suburbs.

In June 1920 500 delegates, drawn from across the UK, the British Dominions (Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand), Europe and the USA came to Hillfields to see a range of housing designs that had been constructed in what was termed the Demonstration Area. 

Local Learning are delighted to have secured funding from Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Heritage Schools and Bristol City Council for our Hillfields, Homes for Heroes project, marking the centenary of Addison’s post-World War 1 Housing Act.

Local Learning are delighted to have secured funding from Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Heritage Schools and Bristol City Council for our Hillfields, Homes for Heroes project, marking the centenary of Addison’s post-World War 1 Housing Act.

To see the activities taking place in Hillfields to celebrate Hillfields 100 please see the diary or contact the administrator sandra.laing@hillfields.community for more details. 

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Contact Hillfields Family & Community Trust

e-mail: info@hillfields.community

Address: Hillfields Community Hub Thicket Ave Bristol BS16 4EH

Tel: 3772727

Mobile: 07799521007

HILLFIELDS FAMILY & COMMUNITY TRUST  IS A REGISTERED CHARITY 1165795

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