History of the Progress Estate book published

By | August 2, 2017

Progress Resdients’ Association member Keith Billinghurst has published a book about the Estate and its place in the history of housing.

The writing of and research for the book was supported by Greenwich Council through the ward budget scheme as Eltham North Ward Councillors allocated funds to support Keith’s research.

The book looks at the social changes leading up to the building of the Progress Estate, explains the Estate’s non-symmetrical outline and includes sketches of the people remembered in its road names. It chronicles the arrival of the motor car and the gradual change from gas to electric lighting. The transition from baths in the scullery and outside WCs to the internal facilities taken for granted today is described, as is the shift from tenanted to leasehold and then freehold housing.

The book also chronicles the considerable damage wrought to the Estate in aerial attacks during the Second World War and the process by which houses were repaired or rebuilt in their original style.

Buying a copy of the book

The cover price of £13.95 includes free delivery by second-class mail to addresses in the UK. However, each household on the Estate may buy one copy for £10 and people living elsewhere in SE9 may do so for £12. To order, either send an email to keith.billinghurst@btinternet.com  stating your name, address and phone number or call or text 07962 877389 to provide the same information.

About Spencer Drury

Spencer has been one of the three Councillors for Eltham North Ward since 2002. He is currently one of two Conservative Councillors for Eltham North, being joined by Charlie Davis following a by-election in November 2016. Born in Woolwich, Spencer is a married father of two teenage children who lives on the Eltham side of Shooters Hill. Spencer was first elected to Council in 2002 and has served on Greenwich Council as a Councillor for Eltham North ward since that time. He has worked with a range of excellent fellow Councillors over that period including Dermot Poston, Douglas Ellison, Nigel Fletcher and Charlie Davis. Spencer was Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2006 and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2015. Spencer is an active ward Councillor who has led many campaign locally including for the warm water pool to be included in the Eltham Centre and to restore free parking on western Glenlea Road. Spencer is a Trustee of Eltham United Charities (which provides free housing for older people in Eltham) and the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (which looks after Severndroog Castle). Spencer works at Colfe’s School in Lee where he is currently Director of Sixth Form.

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