History, cornered. The minutes from the meetings of the first SPAN residents committee. 1954-1955. A small part of Britain’s post war architectural history.

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Span wall with tree.

Span wall with tree.

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Gunmetal, with Grey. Wilkes Street, London E1.

Gunmetal, with Grey. Wilkes Street, London E1.

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Number 59. Single story house at Ham Common, designed by Stefan Buzas of Cubitt & Partners for his own family in 1954.

Number 59. Single story house at Ham Common, designed by Stefan Buzas of Cubitt & Partners for his own family in 1954.

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Teapot from the Alveston tableware range, designed by Robert Welch for Old Hall and JJ Wiggin in 1962. The body is made from two pressings, then spot welded and infilled with argon welding. For the first time, and greater accuracy, the spout and knob are formed using a lost wax casting, allowing a more complex shape to be blended into the body. Argon welding completely eliminates any trace of the join. In 1965 the design was given a Design Centre Award

Teapot from the Alveston tableware range, designed by Robert Welch for Old Hall and JJ Wiggin in 1962.

The body is made from two pressings, then spot welded and infilled with argon welding. For the first time, and greater accuracy, the spout and knob are formed using a lost wax casting, allowing a more complex shape to be blended into the body. Argon welding completely eliminates any trace of the join. In 1965 the design was given a Design Centre Award

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Langham House Close, Ham Common. Stirling and Gowan Architects, 1957-58.

Langham House Close, Ham Common. Stirling and Gowan Architects, 1957-58.

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Construction of Parkleys, first of the mature SPAN housing estates, begins on the site of the demolished Hatch Farm at Ham Common. 1954.

Construction of Parkleys, first of the mature SPAN housing estates, begins on the site of the demolished Hatch Farm at Ham Common. 1954.

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Laminated bent-ply seat on tri-form steel rod base. Ernest Race, c.1956.

Laminated bent-ply seat on tri-form steel rod base. Ernest Race, c.1956.

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1933 Alvis speed 20 Cross & Ellis long wing tourer.

1933 Alvis speed 20 Cross & Ellis long wing tourer.

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Penguin Donkey mk1. Egon Riss for Isokon, 1939. Photographed at Jack Pritchard’s Suffolk home.

Penguin Donkey mk1. Egon Riss for Isokon, 1939. Photographed at Jack Pritchard’s Suffolk home.

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