Pightle Close

Most of the material on this page comes from a promotional brochure of the early 1960s.
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This booklet is an invitation - an invitation to live in the pleasant Suffolk countryside-for it describes the proposal of my Council to enlarge a village by the erection of dwellings for sale.

It is, of course, becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to find suitable sites and obtain planning permission, and the usual alternative developments hardly make a difference from suburban living. The scheme described in the following pages is not just another housing estate. Quietness, seclusion, privacy and yet a feeling of space, a sense of freedom are some of the advantages sought in rural living and a serious attempt has been made to achieve these. Seclusion, enjoyment of sun, pleasure in views will have been considered in the placing and siting of each house. Screen walls and link walls of adequate height are employed to help in maintaining privacy and provide a unity in the design relationship of one house to another, thus avoiding the feeling of an 'estate' divided into equal, dull plots.

There is one further great advantage in the scheme. The Council seek to make no profit from the erection of the dwellings, but merely to increase the rateable value of the district. The considerable benefits obtained by letting a large contract will be passed to purchasers. In addition the Council will help, wherever possible, with mortgage facilities, 100 per cent advances being available in approved cases.

For further information please complete the slip at the end of the booklet and send it to the Clerk. You will be under no obligation.

You can enjoy walking from your house through large pleasantly landscaped areas to convenient shops. Despite this your car need never be far away, usually just at the other end of the garden. A complete footpath system has been provided and for most people a short route to local shopping areas never crosses a road and yet the alternative by car will always be conveniently available. This is possible because the houses front on to spacious greens and have their access roads behind. The motor car has been separated from the pedestrian with a minimum loss of convenience, thus giving both safety and quietness.

The greens, whilst contributing to quiet and safety and offering convenient footpaths, also serve to unify the landscape. Grass, trees and shrubs, run around and enclose everything, thus not only ensuring that the houses themselves sit pleasantly on their sites, but also that the development as a whole merges into and forms part of the pleasant Suffolk landscape around.

View from the Green
Within the overall design conception are several very different and individual types of dwelling, each related to the other in such a way as to avoid a crammed and haphazard impression and to give privacy. At the same time care has been taken to make the best use of available views and the sun. It would seem foolish to put houses in the heart of Suffolk and have only your neighbours' washing as an immediate prospect. It would also seem foolish not to have a house planned to make use of all the sun that is available in a county on the drier side of the British Isles. Materials in the local tradition are employed in the construction: brick, tile, weather- boarding, etc; partly because of their well tried and tested worth, partly to retain harmony and blend in with the surrounding scene. At the same time advantage has been taken of all the opportunities for economy which present themselves in mass production of repeated structural elements, internal fittings. For example, built-in refrigerators are provided with all types and hardwood strip floors are a common feature.

The dwellings themselves cover several very different types including bungalows, chalets and houses. All are generous in their accommodation and well fitted and provided with many refinements, most of which figure in the basic prices quoted. Entrance halls are roomy and bathrooms and kitchens equipped in a way that avoids clutter of exposed pipes and gives maximum efficiency in use. Living spaces are designed to be flexible and there is quite a range of basic types to choose from. For example, among the types will be found the whole range of possible combination of kitchen, dining room and living room either as separate rooms or as larger spaces sharing in different ways the different functions. All the house types enjoy certain other basic advantages in common. Some of these are advantages which ten years ago were considered by the majority of people to be luxuries, but which are now increasingly accepted as fundamental attributes of an efficient house. These advantages include oil-fired central heating for efficiency and economy accompanied by the high standard of thermal insulation, necessary for greatest comfort. It is a novel feature of the scheme that the oil fuel required for central heating is to be piped directly to each house with other services. What is more it will cost less than the normal rate charged to householders.

Built-in television aerials are provided with all houses, thus avoiding a mass of unsightly aerials on roofs. Generous provision for cupboards is a feature of all types and these are included in the basic prices, being considered, as they properly are, basic necessities.


entrance lobby 6' 6" X 4' 6" Hardwood strip floor
cloaks 3' 0" x 7' 0" Low level W.C. and pedestal
dining room/playroom/bedroom 3 9' 6" x 9' 0" Hatch to kitchen, door to garden
kitchen 8' 9" x 9' 6" Fitted cupboards, work top,
fuel and bin store Cold water tap for garden
living room 'L' shaped, 18' 0" x 9' 6" and 9' 0" x 8' 0" Open fire, hardwood strip floor
bedroom 1 12' 4" X 12' 0" Cupboard
bedroom 2 10' 6" X 12' 0" Cupboard
bathroom 7' 3" x 5' 9" Bath, low level W.C. and pedestal basin with mirror over
  • Large top hung windows with top hung vents over
  • Ground floor constructed of brickwork employing various facing bricks, with cavities filled with foam insulation
  • Roof covered with clay pantiles of varied shades
  • Doors generally are faced with hardwood veneer
  • All sanitary ware to be of vitreous china
  • First floors generally of polished Novoboard
J. Wade Esq.,
104, Abbot Road,
Bury St. Edmunds.

Dear Sir,

I thank you for completed House Purchase application form relating to the Tostock type bungalow to be erected on Plot No. 36 at Elmswell, the purchase price of which is 4,227. The scheduled completion date for this dwelling is 23rd August, 1965, and I will now instruct the Council's Solicitors to act in the matter.

Yours faithfully, A.OWEN