Bournville Village Trust Plan 1 of the Hill Farm Estate (Westlands), Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Description:In the 1890s George Cadbury built a 'model village' called Bournville around his factory in Birmingham.
Houses came with modern interiors and large gardens.
This came at a time when most workers were used to living in cramped terraced houses with small yards housing an outside toilet.
The designs in Bournville became a blueprint for many model villages in Britain as they recognised the benefits of open space within town planning.

In the 1930s Newcastle Council wanted to build new houses away from the town centre.
They hired S A Wilmot who was an architect for Bournville Garden City to come up with these plans.
These plans were quite unlike anything built around Newcastle before and came at a time where areas of crowded and unhygienic housing often known as 'slums' were starting to be cleared in the town centre.

This map shows the proposed plan for a housing development on Hill Farm land (now known as The Westlands Estate).
Many of these houses were built around 1935.

The Brampton Museum hold two plans for the Hill Farm Estate, if you look closely you will notice there are slight differences between them.

Digitisation funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.