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Irene Barclay

Irene Barclay

Person  Female  Born 1894  Died 1989

Categories: Property, Social Welfare

Née Martin. In 1922 she became the first woman chartered surveyor and for 51 years until her retirement in 1973 she ran her own business. She was one of the people who shaped the organisation of housing associations in Britain and worked for better living facilities in Somers Town where she had her practice. In 1925 she became secretary of the St Pancras Housing Association and in the 1930s her struggle with landlords and loan sharks led to the association's own loan club and retail furniture shop.

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Somers Town Mural

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