Lay for the Day 3rd
Hill was born on this day in 1838, in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. She devoted
her life to improving the lot of Londons poor, particularly with
regard to decent housing. Her schemes provided dwellings of several rooms
for each family with good sanitation and plentiful access of light and
air. She was also one of the founders of the National Trust, in 1895.
their shame, the commissioners of the Church of England proposed in July
2001 that market rents be introduced for new lettings in the
Octavia Hill Estates of Southwark, which comprise about 1,200 homes. In
other words, that the rents should follow the fearsome prices on Londons
property market whose upper limits are set by some of the wealthiest
people in the world in order to make more money for the church.
their credit, the Synod of Southwark, representing the clergy and laity
of the diocese, condemned the proposals in no uncertain terms, as unbefitting
the legacy of the lady, and as a complete abandonment of the
churchs historical commitment to social housing.
the book of Praises:
37. Of Corners
Urban patches and angles where
of incongruous architecture, inhumane
blocks with a fine-textured sky, or a statuesque
cumulus cloud with low, degraded outbuildings,
give us a metropolis to participate,
say on a June Sunday swept clear by the south wind.
Whether fern or buddleia inhabit
ivy and geraniums, neglect or private,
conscientious tending make of a few square yards
of suntrap, escaped from the kingdom of the real
estate, an earnest of an inner city built
by virtue of our power to discover it.
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