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British Utopian Experiments 1325 - 1945

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Pottersville C1845 - 1851
Emigration scheme set up by the Trade Union of Operative Potters in response to the introduction of new technology. 134 people were settled on 1600 acre in Wisconsin. The scheme collapsed amid accusations of mismanagement and almost bankrupted the union.
GRID REF: Stoke on Trent / USA
REF: The Staffordshire Potter. H. Owen

Chartley Estate 1902
5000 acre estate, proposed site for the first Garden City. Project was abandoned in favour of Letchwoth.
GRID REF: SE of Stoke on Trent
REF: A.Taylor

Fenton House C1905
Womens University Settlement.
GRID REF: Stoke-on-Trent
REF: Listed in Labour Annual 1905

Park Village 1907 - present
A Co-partnership Garden Village built by Sir Arthur Paget on the Old Fallings Estate. Work began in 1907, with a model housing exhibition being held the following year. By 1915 75 houses had been completed. A 2nd phase of building was carried out in the 1920s with the village being later engulfed by the expansion of Wolverhampton.
GRID REF: SJ930009.Wolverhampton
REF: Villages of Vision

Penkhull Garden Village 1910 -
95 houses built by Stoke on Trent Tenant Ltd a Co-partnership housing society. Was to have been the first of 4 garden suburbs ringing Stoke. Barry Parker oversaw early designs with the houses being designed by a local firm of architects. Houses are arranged in clusters around greens. Some social provision was made through a small institute and tennis courts and bowling green along with allotments. A further phase of development was carried out in 1939. In 1964 the scheme was bought by Bradford Properties Trust who also own property at Hull Garden Village, Saltaire & Brentham.
GRID REF: SJ 869443 Stoke on Trent
REF: The Garden Cities Movement in a Local Context: The development & decline of Penkhull Garden Village Estate. A.Taylor,. The Local Historian Feb 1997.

The Woodlands 1941- present
Hostel run by the Friends War Victims Relief Committee for elderly bombed out evacuees. In 1945 became a home for the elderly with a quarter of the residents Quakers. Has its own Quakers Meetings - The Penn Meeting.
GRID REF: Penn Rd. Wolverhampton
REF: Wolverhampton Quakers 1704-1988. C.Jones et al. Clark&Howard Books.

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