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Our origins

How public fury stopped London being turned into a concrete jungle

It was a true year of revolution in 1973 when Londoners, for the first time in modern history took direct action to halt the wholesale destruction of their neighbourhoods.

The academic, Patrick Abercrombie’s plan to rebuild a modernist London, designed for cars first and foremost, was successfully halted across central London and the fight to preserve Covent Garden and Soho spawned the housing association as we know it today.

Leslie Hardcastle and Jim Monahan, young activists would lead the charge in this area and were soon joined by founding members we honour today who developed both the Soho Society and the Housing Organisation.

Founder member of Soho Housing Leslie Hardcastle delivering one of many speeches to rally support.
Residents had to take matters into their own hands to prevent losing residential accommodation from Soho.
The early days saw lots of campaigning.
One of the properties on Great Pulteney Street, the first properties acquired by the organisation in 1973.

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