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Latitude: 52.296 / 52°17'45"N
Longitude: 0.834 / 0°50'2"E
OS Eastings: 593350
OS Northings: 270214
OS Grid: TL933702
Mapcode National: GBR RFX.1NZ
Mapcode Global: VHKD0.DKR7
Entry Name: 1-2, Stow Road
Listing Date: 28 September 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1378381
English Heritage Legacy ID: 470680
Location: Ixworth, St. Edmundsbury, Suffolk, IP31
District: St. Edmundsbury
Civil Parish: Ixworth
Built-Up Area: Ixworth
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
Church of England Parish: Ixworth St Mary
Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich
TL 9370 IXWORTH STOW ROAD
Pair of council houses. Designed 1892, built 1893-4 by Mr Whitmore, the Suffolk County Surveyor, for Thingoe Rural District Council. Red brick, slate roofs with ridge crest. Central shared stack. Two-storied semi-detached pairs with rear single-storey back kitchen/wash house and lavatory. Timber casement windows under arched brick heads, timber doors under toplight. Single sill band to first floor. Interiors not inspected. One of four pairs of houses understood to be the first rural council housing built in England, under the Housing of the Working Classes Act 1890, and surviving in little-altered condition. The 1890 Act was the first to permit local authorities to acquire and develop land for housing but was adopted by just eight rural authorities, despite increasing recognition that agricultural labourers endured housing conditions every bit as bad as those of the inner cities. Sources: Mr Holmes, `"Perrott's Folly", the Story of the First Rural Council Houses in England', nd. John Burnett, `A Social History of Housing', London, Methuen, 1986, p.138
Listing NGR: TL9335070214
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