Reference HLG 82/32
Title Greater London area
Former Department Reference 91639/36A
Government Department Ministry of Works and Buildings
Themes Preparations for War and Peace, Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Post-war planning, Manufacturing and materials, Housing and living conditions, Dislocated populations
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Acton, Ashford, Banstead, Barking, Barnes, Barnet, Battersea, Bayswater, Beckenham, Beckton, Beddington, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bexley, Brixton, Bromley, Bushey, Camberwell, Carshalton, Cheam, Chelsea, Cheshunt, Chigwell, Chingford, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Coombe, Coulsdon, Crayford, Croydon, Cuddington, Dagenham, Deptford, Ealing, East Ham, Edmonton, Elstree, Enfield, Epsom, Erith, Esher, Essex, Ewell, Feltham, Finchley, Finsbury, Friern Barnet, Fulham, Greenford, Greenwich, Hackbridge, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harlington, Harrow, Hatfield, Hayes, Hendon, Hertfordshire, Heston, Hinchley Wood, Holborn, Hounslow, Ilford, Islington, Kensington, Kent, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Leyton, London, Malden, Marylebone, Merton, Middlesex, Mitcham, Molesey, Morden, Northwood, Orpington, Paddington, Penge, Perivale, Poplar, Potters Bar, Purley, Queensbury, Richmond, Ruislip, Shoreditch, Sidcup, Southwark, St Albans, St. Helier, St. Pancras, Staines, Stepney, Stoke Newington, Stratford, Surbiton, Surrey, Sutton, Tilbury, Tolworth, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Wallington, Waltham Holy Cross, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Watford, Wealdstone, West Drayton, West Ham, Westminster, Willesden, Wimbledon, Windsor, Wood Green, Woolwich, Yiewsley
Organisations Barlow Committee, National Trust, Royal Air Force, Royal Ordnance Factory


A file containing a report on population, industry, employment, and housing in Greater London, produced by G.R. Mitchison for Nuffield College's Social Reconstruction Survey. Topics covered in the report include a geographical description of the study area; trends in migration and the effect on population in Greater London, both before and during the war; the effects of air raids and bomb damage on population density; and localised studies of the nature and location of industry in the area. Other topics covered include an analysis of employment statistics; the effect of the war on industry; the nature of housing in Greater London; the machinery of local authorities for building and planning; and the post-war prospects of industry, employment, and housing, with suggestions for remedies to alleviate potential problems. Appendices to the report discuss topics including employment statistics; and post-war migration into London and the subsequent strain on housing.


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