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When the new town was first built, there were strict rules for who could get houses. You had to get a job, work in Stevenage for six months, and then you got a house to rent. The houses weren’t cheap to rent, but they were generally new houses with gardens and many people came from overcrowded rooms primarily in London.

When you got a job you had to see Miss. Tabor, the first housing officer in Stevenage she had the job for many years and many interviews mention her as a key figure.

Mr Alford, Architect

Mr Lenthall, Engineer

Mrs Hampson, Pioneer

Mr Lowe, Builder

Mrs Askew, Pioneer

Mrs Rees, Community Activist

Mr Hayward, Emergency Service

Mr Severn, Pioneer

Mary Tabor, Housing Officer