A new book is taking a closer look at an important period in Lynn’s history.
Popular Lynn author Bob Booth has put together an illustrated street directory of the town in 1933 which witnessed the start of some major changes for the town.
A five-year programme to demolish slum houses and move people out of extreme poverty and into modern new homes began that year.
Mr Booth has compiled a list of the old yards where neighbouring families would have to share toilets and an outdoor tap. He will be launching his 1933 Illustrated Street Directory during a book signing at Lynn’s Waterstones, in Norfolk Street, tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 12.30pm.
Mr Booth chose this period as this year marks the 80th anniversary and that there are parallels with the present as the country was then coming out of a deep recession.
He said: “The authorities decided after looking at the living conditions of some people that something needed to be done.
“What they did was very forward thinking by building new houses in South Lynn and North Lynn. So as the slums were cleared these people already had a home to go to. So instead of six houses having to share two toilets and taps in a yard, they had their own running water inside the house.
“They had never seen anything like it before. It was like paradise. The book lists all the yard that were there and subsequently disappeared before the war.”
Mr Booth has used street directories and a census to list all of streets and their residents.
The book is also filled with a variety of photographs which illustrate not only the poverty but also how the town has changed over the years.
Mr Booth has taken a year to compile the book, which he hopes will be a useful and enjoyable read.
The book costs £9.99.