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Jo Shawyer and Chris Sharpe give the Wessex Society Lecture

Jo Shawyer and Chris Sharpe give the Wessex Society Lecture

By MUPress Staff Date: February 06, 2023

Join Chris Sharpe and Jo Shawyer on February 8th at 7:30pm for the virtual Wessex Society Lecture.

TOPIC: Corner Windows and Cul-de-Sacs: The Remarkable Story of Newfoundland's First Garden Suburb

ABSTRACT: “Every town, no matter how small or large, rich or poor, young or old, has its stories. This one took over 100 years to unfold." At a distance, Corner Windows and Cul-De-Sacs is a study of urban growth, planning, and household reform; up close, the study reveals a much more human story. In 1942, while Newfoundland was in an active war zone, the death rate in St. John's was higher than anywhere else in the colony. Overcrowded and dilapidated tenements, huddled on a maze of narrow lanes, fell prey to rampant tuberculosis, shockingly high infant mortality rates, and infectious disease. In 1944, under crippling debt, the St. John's Housing Corporation was formed, with a mandate to build a new garden suburb north of the city that would lead to the abandonment and demolition of the derelict housing. Churchill Park became the core of this residential development, and between 1945 and 1947 more than 200 houses and nearly 100 apartment units were constructed, laying the groundwork for the orderly post-war expansion of the city.

HOW TO ATTEND:  Those wishing to attend the Zoom Meeting can log on using this link: There is no password. This link will also be posted on the Wessex Society website: