The Loughton Roding Estate - From Cattle Grazing to Double Glazing, by Alison Whiting
Published by the Loughton and District Historical Society in 2002, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N6279)
From the introduction: To the east of the railway in Loughton, and only a few minutes from the station, lies the Roding Road - Oakwood Hill area, whose history has hitherto been entirely undocumented. We call it for shortness in the title the Roding Estate, but it has no official or commonly-used unofficial name. Away from roads, till the 1920s, this area was farmland, with only one house on the whole two or so hundred acres.
Alison Whiting here describes in one small patch the transformation that took place all over the south-east of England (but which was uncommon in Loughton) - the making of 1930s estates. These were homes for the clerk, the sheet-metal worker, the bus driver, on incomes of seventy or so shillings a week - houses to buy, not to rent, as generations of their forebears had rented. They were rought, and eventually would be 'improved', sold, or bequeathed to the family. They were small because demographic change in Britain had meant that the average family size of five children before the First World War had been reduced to just over one by the mid-thirties.
It was this combination of factors that transformed the Britain of the fifties and later to a 'property-owning democracy'. 67% of Britons now own their own homes, compared with 39% of Germans or 54% of the French. It is also why in Loughton High Road there are ten firms of estate agents. What we have in this book is an important account not only of the creation and development of East Loughton, but of a corner of the Middle England which double glazing sellers - regrettably - target, and more important, to which every politician intent on national success must pay court.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.