The History of Moorpool - Documents and References
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Any further information on Moor Pool or other garden suburbs will be gratefully received.
- The Rules of Harborne Tennants, 1916 including ammendments
- Birmingham City Council's Chronology of Birmingham 1883 - 1950
- Into the 1980's at Moor Pool, a booklet produced by Harborne Tenants and distributed to every household. in 1980.
- An unofficial Character Appraisal by the Moorpool Regeneration Group, authored by Tricia and Igor Cusack
- The Secret Garden Suburb Charles Hippisley-Cox, University of Huddersfield
- Some Photographs of the early days of Moorpool
- And some Photographs of the Estate from the 70s, and what it looks like now.
- The English Heritage - Images of England web site has some photographs of the listed buildings on the estate, the Ravenhurst Road Flats 108-122 and 124-134, the Post Office, the Moor Pool Hall and the Estate Office. Each also gives the date and classification of listing.
- A letter from English Heritage on the historic significance of the Estate.
- A report from Dr Mervyn Miller on the significance of the Moorpool Estate.
- Harborne Tenants Prospectus (date stamped June 12th 1908).
- Moorpool Footpath Map (date unknown).
- Harborne Miscellany Reproduced November 1978 to celebrate the 86th anniversary of the opening of Harborne Public Library.
- Map of Moorpool 1918
- Map of Moorpool 1938
- A History of Birmingham Places & Placenames
- Chad Valley Toys - A Short Story
- Founding of the Harborne Tenants Estate
A number of extracts and publications are available giving an insight into the history of the Estate and the principals behind its founding. These include the books written by John Nettlefold and other books of the early 1900s relating to the Garden City movement. We have also provided links to the websites of other garden cities and suburbs. The brief histories and introductions are courtesy of the individual websites.
- J S Nettlefold Speech 3.7.1906
- Moor Pool Garden Suburb J S Nettlefold Town Planning
- Practical Housing J S Nettlefold (15.1mb)
- Practical Housing J S Nettlefold extracts (3.3mb)
- Practical Housing J S Nettlefold Popular Edition (12.8mb)
- Practical Town Planning J S Nettlefold (21mb)
- Practical Town Planning J S Nettlefold extracts
- The Birmingham Tenants Federation by David Englander (1.3mb)
- The City of Birmingham, Early Days
- Birmingham's Built Environment in the 20th Century by Peter J. Larkham, T.R. Slater and Dick Pratt
- The Garden City Movement Up-To-Date by Ewart G. Culpin (17mb)
- A Practical Guide in the Preparation of Town Planning Schemes by E G Bentley (10mb)
- Letchworth Garden City in 55 pictures by Letchworth First Garden City Ltd (6mb)
- Labour Saving in Small Houses Garden Cities Town Planning Association (4mb)
- Garden City Settlements and Their Future TCPA
- Engines of Social Progress by W L George (12mb)
- Notes on Visionaries and Planners by Stanley Buder on the Garden City Movement and the Modern Community
- Housing In Town and Country Report of a 1906 conference of the Garden City Association held in the Grand Hall, Criterion Restaurant, London on March 16th 1906 with comment and contribution by many of the supporters and exponents of the garden city movement including John Sutton Nettlefold. (5.6mb)
- Town Theory and Practice by C Purdom (1921) Written to stimulate discussion about towns and their planning with particular reference to "garden cities". Includes contributions by Raymond Unwin, W. Lethaby, G. Pepler, Sir Theodore Chambers and R. Reiss, Chairman of the Garden Cities and Town Planning Association. (3.7mb)
- die garten stadt in England A German book on English garden suburbs from 1911 with particular reference to Bournville, Hampstead and Letchworth. (13mb)
- Co-Partnership Housing Creating Places by Stephen Smith. Stephen Smith is a retired landscape architect who has a family connection with Brentham Garden Suburb. About 12 years ago he did a short personal study of 12 garden suburb developments built between 1901 and 1914 . This included Moor Pool. Interesting reading and our thanks to Stephen for allowing us to publish it on the website. (15mb)
- British History Online, Secular Architecture
- To Build Americas First Model Suburb, New York Times, Nov 13th 1913
The City of Cleveland Is to Try an Experiment in Modified Communism, and to Provide for a "Deliberate, Concious, and Orderly City Growth."
- William Morris and the revival of a beautiful community, Transforming Cities, Aug 25th 2011