The following nine tenants have been identified from the Spring 1923 Electoral Register as living on Cliff Crescent:
George Clarke, Tom Lygo (builder), Alfred Charles Sault (schoolmaster), Arthur H Powell (chauffeur), Florence May Bemrose, C. E. Preston, Henry King, James A. Abbott (bookbinder), and C. H. Sands.
Council housing, 1922–1939
The economy weakened in the early 1920s, funding for council houses was cut and only 213,000 of the 500,000 houses planned under the Addison Act were built. Bingham RDC decided in 1921 not to enter into further contracts until there was a reduction in costs. A pause in the building programme meant that tenants of the twenty-eight new houses in Shelford Road and Cliff Crescent could enjoy large areas of outside space. They were also affected by the national decline in the economy. Shortly after the new tenants moved in all bar one signed a letter addressed to Bingham RDC asking for a reduction in rent, owing to reductions in wages. Their request was refused. In practice the new council houses cost more to build than envisaged by Bingham RDC and turned out to be more expensive to rent than perhaps the tenants had anticipated.
Although there was a set-back in the early 1920s, further Acts during that decade extended the duty of local councils to address the acute housing shortage. Substantial grants were given to local authorities under the Housing Act of 1924 and more council houses were built. A further Housing Act of 1930 obliged local councils to clear all remaining slums and re-house the residents. In Radcliffe the vacant land on the south-east side of Cliff Crescent was filled with a further fourteen council houses (nos 29-40) in the 1930s. Nine ex-servicemen resided in Cliff Crescent by 1939: Francis Duke (no.17), Lewis Scrimshaw (no.18) and Charles Cook (no.22) lived in the houses built in 1921. George Clarke (no.29), Edward Harris (no.30), Samuel Stafford (no.33), William Vickerstaff (no.31), Arthur Rushton (no.37) and George Bradley (no.38) lived in the houses built in the late 1920s/early 1930s (the houses in Shelford Road and Cliff Crescent have been renumbered since and do not correspond today to the original designation). Grantham Road acquired a row of council houses in 1934 and a small number were built at the end of Sydney Grove, on Bingham Road and Main Road. Ex-servicemen Bertie Bakewell, George Woolley and George Graves were tenants of the Bingham Road council houses by 1939 as were Tom Daniel and John Caunt on Main Road and Robert Vickerstaff on Sydney Grove.
Tenancies of the first council houses on Shelford Road had changed by 1939. Eight houses were still occupied by the original tenants: Beckett (no.4), Toon (no.7), Stanley (no.8), Boyle (no.10), Bainbridge (no.11), Wesson (no.13), Kavanagh (no.14) and Barry (no.16). The remaining eight houses had new tenants. The previous occupiers had moved on, usually because the male wage earner took a new job. William Ecob and Francis Robinson, for instance, left to take up professional jobs in other parts of the country. Joseph Berry left to become a postmaster in Nottingham then moved back to the village when he retired. Alfred Sault moved to a new teaching post in Nottingham. Other tenants such as James Abbott moved into recently built private homes in Radcliffe.
Twenty-six ex-servicemen have been identified as tenants of the inter-war council house built in Radcliffe, representing 8% of village men who survived the war. The percentage suggests that the post-war vision of ‘homes for heroes’ was overshadowed by insufficient funds and resources. During the inter-war years local councils built 1.1 million new homes in total. It wasn’t until the 1950s that council house building expanded rapidly, largely in response to damage inflicted on four million homes during the Second World War. One and half million new council houses were built between 1945 and 1955, including a substantial number in Radcliffe on Trent. Building began soon after the war around Wakefield Avenue and ended with bungalows and flats being built on Queen’s Road in the 1960s and 1970s. Council house building programmes were curtailed nationally under the Thatcher governments of the 1980s.