How the Other Half Lived: Ludlow's Working Classes 1850-1960 by Derek BeattieHow the Other Half Lived: Ludlow's Working Classes 1850-1960 by Derek Beattie

How the Other Half Lived: Ludlow's Working Classes 1850-1960

byDerek Beattie

Hardcover | September 1, 2016

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Ludlow, Shropshire, is perhaps best known today for its Michelin-starred restaurants, its famous Food Festival and its attractive Georgian and medieval market town centre. But it has a less glorious claim to fame: the working classes of Ludlow lagged far behind the rest of the country when it came to their living conditions and, from Victorian times to the middle of the 20th century, they lacked most of the basic comforts. Typhoid was rife, countless houses had no access to running water, and outside toilets were shared by up to five families. When it is remembered that Ludlow's poor households often numbered eight or more residents, the degree of deprivation becomes clearer. Yet Ludlow's working classes battled on, largely uncomplainingly, until the local council finally agreed reluctantly to building the minimum number of council houses they could get away with, in the 1960s.This is a clear-sighted, well presented and fascinating account of the everyday lives of those living on the 'other' side of Ludlow.
Title:How the Other Half Lived: Ludlow's Working Classes 1850-1960Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:Merlin Unwin BooksLanguage:English

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There were even a number of councillors who would not admit that Ludlow had slums. Though Councillor Marsden claimed that 'some of the slums in Ludlow would compare very unfavourably with the slums in their large towns' and that 'there was a good deal of property . that was in a very bad state,' others disagreed. Alderman Thomas Atherden, a retired banker, who lived in some comfort with his family at 27 Broad Street, looked after by a cook, two housemaids and a kitchen maid, would not admit that Ludlow had slums.'Though there was some old property in the borough, he did not think it could be compared with slums in some towns . He did not know of any particular slums in the borough that they could sweep away with prudence if they were so inclined.'In fact, he went on to assert, in regard to the families living in such properties 'it was, in his opinion, a bit of a blessing as well as a curse, because if they had modern dwellings people would have to pay extra rent and there were plenty of people who could not or would not do this.' It will be seen that many of these arguments would be reiterated by councillors over the next half century as housing conditions for many families got progressively worse.However, the council were finally forced to take some action by the Local Government Board (LGB) in London who had read the annual MOH reports. As a result, in 1912 the MOH was asked to carry out an inspection of all properties on a district by district basis with the first being Galdeford. The Sanitary Committee was soon given his damning report on 35 of the first houses visited. He pointed out that:'The chief defects found were in regard to cleanliness, lighting, ventilation, paving and draining of yards, want of a proper food store and general dilapidation of floors, walls, ceilings and stairs. The majority required extensive repairs and alterations to make them sanitary and several of them in courts off the main streets can never be made satisfactory in regards to ventilation and lighting.' He discovered that many properties were damp and some admitted rain through holes in their roofs. It was recommended that a number of them, that had passed the point of being improved, be demolished. Sadly, the First World War intervened and gave the council a reason to postpone action though the MOH carried on making his inspections. By 1921 fifty-five houses in Lower Galdeford alone had been condemned as unfit for human habitation but all were still occupied.