BODIAM HOUSING ASSOCIATION
The first mention I can find of Bodiam Housing Association is a cutting from Guinness Time in 1948 which reads:-
The opening of Levetts Lane was covered by a two page article in Guinness Time in 1949 and is reproduced below.
There is also a photo which shows Lord Iveagh making
a speech with many of the residents in the background.
Click here to view the photo.
Click here to view a photo of an empty Levetts Lane with an imposing sky.
The Daily Telegraph Property is running a weekly series on the "Century Makers" featuring an example of housing for each year of the 20th Century. For 1950 they have featured Levetts Lane. Click here for copies of the article.
Mike Armitage has been in touch with me. His father (Phil) first came to Bodiam to about 1947 to manage the construction of Levetts Lane for Guinness. These are Mike's words to describe the occasion -
"My father moved down to the southeast from Letchworth and managed the construction for, I believe, Allnat London Ltd., who had some close association with GUINNESS. (both firms were based in Park Royal). Dad took five pictures during construction, and I am pleased to be able to send you these now. Nobody - other than my family - has ever seen them, and they are very close to what I do now! He even wrote pencil notes on the back of each one. When the building had finished, Dad was asked to go - by Mr Gray I think - and do some other work for GHF, and stayed there for the rest of his working life!"
Here are the six photos. If you click on any thumbnail it will take you to the larger pictures on a new page.
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