Ref NoDCS/2/6/11
TitleRuislip
Admin/Biog HistoryParkwood Estate, Ruislip, Middlesex, were speculative houses designed by Basil Ward (of Connell and Ward, and later, Connell, Ward and Lucas) in 1933-1935 and teamed with the contractors Walter Taylor (Builders) Ltd. The chosen site for the housing was Parkwood Estate in Ruislip which was owned by King's College, Cambridge. The proposed designs, which planned initially for six houses, met with difficulties in the planning process, with Ruislip-Northwood urban district council refusing the application in 1933. The case was referred to the local advisory panel of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) who agreed with the council's rejection. This decision was appealed and the case went to arbitration with Ernest Allen acting as arbitrator, W.A. Fearnley Whittingshall representing the builders and Gordon Taylor representing the council. Eventually the case was won after revised architectural drawings were submitted but in the end only three houses were built. 'The Ruislip case' [as it became known] was well publicised in the press. One house was built by Mr Hill, a builder. All three of the houses were Grade II listed in 1989.

At the time of construction, Walter Taylor commissioned graphic designers to promote the houses at Ruislip with posters and a pamphlet called 'The Book of Parkwood Estate' was produced.
DescriptionContains research material relating to Parkwood Estate in Ruislip, including:

-Promotional literature, [dated c1930s] advertising the houses including a booklet entitled 'The Book of Parkwood Estate', copies of draft posters and a report providing further details on the houses for speculative buyers
-Tracing, [dated c1930s], of a sketch plan of the houses at Parkwood Estate, and photocopies of architectural drawings including layout plans for the ground and first floors
-Published articles, dated 1934-1935, relating to the building of Parkwood Estate and references to the planning debate with the local council, local residents and the general public, including copies of comments on the buildings from contemporary individuals
-B&w photographs, [dated c1930s] showing the exterior and interior of houses at Parkwood Estate, including photographs of an architectural model
-Letter, dated December 1972, from Charlotte Benton to Dennis [Sharp] relating to the Ruislip houses including research notes
-Notes, dated July 1992, containing reminiscences of living at number 85 (later number 101) Park Avenue by Richard Hill, the son of the original owner of one of the Ruislip houses
-Colour photographs, dated 2002, showing the exterior and interior of houses at Parkwood Estate, including photographs of an architectural model (thought to have been commissioned by Sharp).
Date[c1930s]-2002
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Image CaptionTracing of a sketch plan of the houses at Parkwood Estate, dated c1930s
Draft artwork for promoting Parkwood Estate, dated c1930s
Tracing of artwork for promoting Parkwood Estate, dated c1930s
Booklet entitled 'The Book of Parkwood Estate', dated c1930s
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