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Octavia Hill

Person  Female  Born 3/12/1838  Died 13/8/1912

Housing reformer and co-founder of The National Trust. Born at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, her father's eighth daughter (yes, really). She believed that social housing should be small houses (rather than large blocks of flats) and in towns rather than in the suburbs. Working with John Ruskin she created 15 housing schemes in London to provide accommodation to 3,000 people.

Supporting the idea that Hill should appear on British bank notes, Pam Alexander wrote in a letter to the Guardian, July 2013: "{her} work benefited men, women and children and continues today. Octavia pioneered social housing and encouraged all her tenants to develop their skills in order to live fulfilled lives, however low their income. She cofounded the National Trust and coined the term green belt. Her Kyrle Society, supported by William Morris, was the forerunner of the Civic Trust; her training of housing managers led directly to the Charted Institute of Housing; and she made key contributions to modern social work and occupational therapy. Her focus on " a hand up rather than a handout" was controversial but is still an appropriate debate today."

Caroline's Miscellany has a good post about this "do-gooder". 2012: a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey to be dedicated on 22 October.

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Octavia Hill

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71945

Octavia Hill - Finchley

Hill's family were living in Brownswell Cottages in 1851. These were on Finc...

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46054

Octavia Hill Housing Trust

It would be nice to know who did the giving but we can't find out.

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50118

Octavia Hill - NW1

Octavia Hill, a pioneer in housing reform built these cottages "for the peopl...

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73962

Octavia Hill - SE1

Octavia Hill, social reformer, established this garden, hall and cottages, an...

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49043

Octavia Hill seat

{Carved in large lettering on the back of the seat:} This land was given in m...

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Octavia Hill

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73960

Red Cross Garden 2

The roundel was created by a glass-making firm, James Powell and Son, after a...

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