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Katharine Buildings, 1885-1962

Title details

SN: 4756
Title: Katharine Buildings, 1885-1962
Depositor: Townsend, P., Institute of Community Studies
Principal investigator(s): Townsend, P., Institute of Community Studies
Sponsor(s): Nuffield Foundation


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Townsend, P. (2005). Katharine Buildings, 1885-1962. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4756

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Community and urban studies - Society and culture


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This unpublished study of social change focused on the inhabitants of Katharine Buildings in Stepney, London. The Buildings were established in 1885 as an experiment in improving working class housing conditions and were influenced by the ideas of Octavia Hill, Beatrice Webb and Ella Pycroft. Professor Townsend's study includes his analysis of the original ledgers and notes kept by Webb and Pycroft. In addition interviews with residents, some of whom were descendants of the original inhabitants, were also conducted. The accounts of interviews and questionnaires - with many open-ended questions - provide a unique picture of a working class community in transition through such issues as family history, household composition, occupation, income and leisure pursuits.

Main Topics:
Social change; housing; urban communities; urban renewal; working class life; family life; community life; family networks; rented accommodation; tenants.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1885 - 1962
Dates of fieldwork: 1957 - 1962
Country: England
Geography: London
East London
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Interview summaries
Universe: Subnational
Tenants of Katharine Buildings
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Purposive selection/case studies
Number of units: 187
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 31 January 2005
Copyright: Copyright Professor Peter Townsend
Access conditions: Host archive conditions apply
Availability: These data are available from a service other than UK Data Service - National Social Policy and Social Change Archive. Albert Sloman Library Special Collections, University of Essex. Contact the UK Data Service in the first instance.
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By principal investigator(s):
Townsend, P. (1954) Providing for pensions, Planning, No. 364, Political and Economic Planning: London, pp. 93-116.

  • Townsend, P. (1954) 'Measuring poverty', British Journal of Sociology, June, pp. 130-137.
  • Townsend, P. (1955) 'The family life of old people', The Sociological Review, December, pp.175-195.
  • Townsend, P. (1957) The family life of old people, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul
  • Townsend, P. (1959) The home and welfare services for the aged: 1945-1958 and beyond, Report No. 379 for the Labour Party study group on social security and old age, April.
  • Townsend, P. and Woodroffe, C. (1961) Nursing homes in England and Wales - a study of public responsibility, National Corporation for the Care of Old People.
  • Townsend, P. (1962) The last refuge: a survey of residential institutions and homes for the aged in England and Wales, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
  • Townsend, P. (1963) 'The argument for gradually abandoning communal homes for the aged', International Social Science Journal, Vol. XV, No. 3.
  • Townsend, P. (1964) 'Family and kinship in industrial society' IN P. Halmos (ed.) Proceedings of the Conference of the British Sociological Association, April, Sociological Review Monograph No. 8, October.
  • Townsend, P. and Abel-Smith, B. (1965) The poor and the poorest: a new analysis of the Ministry of Labour's Family Expenditure Surveys of 1953-4 and 1960, London: Bell.
  • Townsend, P. and Wedderburn, D (1970) The aged in the Welfare State, London: Bell.
  • Townsend, P. and Field, F. (1970) 'Poverty and the Labour Government', The Spokesman, Summer.
  • Townsend, P. (1973) The social minority, London: Allen Lane.
  • Townsend, P. (1975) Sociology and social policy, London: Allen Lane.
  • Townsend, P. (1979) Poverty in the United Kingdom: a survey of household resources and standards of living, London: Penguin Books and Allen Lane.
  • Townsend, P. (1983) 'A theory of poverty and the role of social policy', IN M. Loney, D. Boswell and J. Clarke (eds.)Social Policy and Social Welfare, Milton Keynes: Open University Press, pp.58-82.
  • Townsend, P., Corrigan, P. and Kowarzik, U. (1987) 'Poverty and labour in London', Survey of Londoners' Living Standards, Report No. 1, London.
  • Townsend, P. (1991) 'Rethinking anti-poverty strategies: the last 25 years and the next', Poverty, the Journal of the Child Poverty Action Group, No. 78, Spring, pp. 14-16.
  • Townsend, P. (1993) The international analysis of poverty, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 291 pp.
  • Townsend, P., Gordon, D., Bradshaw, J. and Gosschalk, B. (1997), Absolute and overall poverty in Britain in 1997: what the population themselves say, Bristol Statistical Monitoring Unit, University of Bristol, 66pp.
  • Townsend, P., Gordon, D., Bradshaw, J., Middleton, S., Pantazis, C., Levitas, R., Adelman, L., Williams, J., Payne, S. and Patsios, D. (2000) Poverty and social exclusion in Britain, 2000, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
  • Townsend, P. and Gordon, D. (eds.)(2001) Breadline Europe: the measurement of poverty, Bristol: Policy Press, 465 pp.
  • Townsend, P. and Gordon, D. (eds.)(2002) World poverty: new policies to defeat an old enemy, Bristol: Policy Press, 350 pp.

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