The devastation of World War II left three quarters of a million houses in Britain either badly damaged or destroyed. Millions more homes were unfit for habitation. The incoming Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan, was acutely aware of the pressing need for housing but also aspired to high standards and a better way of life for the people. ‘We shall be judged for a year or two by the number of houses we build’ Bevan proclaimed in 1947, ‘We shall be judged in ten years’ time by the type of houses we build’.

As he spoke, the first homes to be constructed at Moorlands, Bath were already underway. Bevan and others would soon be lauding the Moorlands estate as an example of high-quality council house building. We will be studying the design and layout of the estate, contemplating the ideas that inspired it and learning about some of the characters involved.

The walk is 1.5 miles, on mainly flat, surfaced pavements, but one steeper section. There are plenty of facilities and public transport nearby.

The walk is unsuitable for dogs, other than assistance dogs and is unlikely to be of interest to younger children.

The walk starts and finishes on Monksdale Road, near Sandpits play area.

The walk leaders are Mark Batterham and Dave Pearce.

Booking is essential, you can book you free place here.

Start Date
10:00 am 10th September 2022
End Date
12:00 pm 10th September 2022
2 hours