Woolacombe Housing Estate – Arlington Place 1948

1st January 1948


Mrs. J. E. Pile Performs Opening Ceremony

An interesting Christmastide ceremony was the formal opening of Woolacombe’s new housing estate. The ceremony was performed by Mrs. J. E. Pile, the wife of the senior representative of Morte-Hoe on Barnstaple Rural District Council. The estate has been named Arlington Place in appreciation of the generosity to the parish of Miss Chichester of Arlington Court. Mr. J. E. Pile, J.P., presided, and the proceedings were witnessed by a large number of parishioners. There were also present Mr. William Dunn, J.P. (Chairman of the Rural Council’s Housing Committee), Mr. R. Marshall Wright (Clerk to the Council), Mr. A. J. Dennis (Sanitary Inspector and Building Surveyor), and Mr. C. H. Cowler (a representative on the Rural Council).

Mr. Pile said that was a proud day for Woolacombe. Eight houses were ready for occupation that day, two were nearing completion, and a further four would be completed in the next month or two. He welcomed the new tenants. Four Generations Mrs. Pile then unlocked the door of No. 8, let to Mr. I. C. Reynolds, and four generations then entered the dwelling—Mrs. Reynolds and her child, her mother, and her grandmother. Mrs. Pile said she was proud to be taking part in that ceremony. She hoped that the tenants would find much happiness there. As a housewife she congratulated Barnstaple Rural District Council on the type of house provided, and particularly in relation to the labour-saving devices installed.

Mr. Dunn spoke of the difficulties associated with the building of houses at the present time. Barnstaple Rural District Council, he said, had reason to be proud of their housing programme. The surveyor had taken special care that the new houses at Woolacombe should blend with the surroundings. He congratulated the parish of Morte-Hoe on having as their representatives Messrs. Pile, Yeo, and Cowler, who made valuable contributions to the work of the Rural Council.


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