Social tenant's 86-year tenancy celebrated in book
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A man who has lived in the same Midlands social property for 86 years has seen his life story turned into a book as part of a housing association's anniversary celebrations.
Jack Haddock, who has lived at his Walsall home since his family moved there in 1927, is the focus of landlord whg's commemorative book - ‘The Home That Jack Built’.
Jack, 86, said: “I’m very pleased with the book, I’ve enjoyed being involved and I’m honoured that my story is the focus of it.
“I just wish my father, who took on the tenancy of this house all those years ago, could be here now to see it.”
The book, which features Jack’s reminiscences and old photos, has been produced to celebrate whg’s 10th anniversary and the history of social housing in Walsall.
whg chief executive Gary Fulford said: “I want to thank Jack for sharing his memories and photos with us for this book.
“In it, the story of Jack’s life in Walsall provides a fascinating backdrop to the history of the borough’s housing, landmarks and transport links.”
whg took on Jack’s house as one of over 22,800 homes transferred from Walsall Council in 2003.
Jack’s father, Jack Haddock Senior, took on tenancy of the then newly built council house shortly after his son was born in 1927.
Jack said: “My father worked on the trams in the 1920s and was one of the first people to apply for a council house in Walsall.
“My parents were given a tenancy at a new council house in Webster Road, a few streets from where I was born, for a weekly rent of 7s 11d. The house was one of the first built by Walsall Council, at a cost of £295.
“I’ve lived here ever since, apart from my five years in the RAF after the Second World War. At the time we moved in, it was quite modern and state of the art, although of course we all had coal fires then and the bathroom was downstairs.”
The house has seen a number of improvements over the decades, including fitting an upstairs bathroom and electrical re-wiring in the 1980s. It was completely upgraded as part of the decent homes programme in the 2000s.
Jack said: “I’m very attached to this house and I love living here. I know lots of people in this community and would hate to move.
“I’ve lived a happy and a good life, and I consider myself very lucky to have lived here, where so much has gone on over the years.”
Pictured: Rob Hunter, whg’s policy and research analyst with Jack Haddock.
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