A New Home - 24 maisonettes recently built
by Chiswick Products for retired employees
This article first appeared in "FORWARD" the House Magazine of Chiswick Products Ltd (Cherry Blossom) in the Summer of 1961 Vol 10 No: 5
Mr & Mrs Hollis in the entrance door of their new home
Twenty-four maisonettes were recently built in Staveley Gardens, Chiswick, and we are very grateful to Mr & Mrs John Hollis -just two of the delighted tenants for allowing us to show you their new home.
Built for the retired employees of Chiswick Products LTD, a great deal of thought for the needs and convenience of older folk has gone into the design and construction of the maisonettes.
Two storeys high they are built in three blocks of eight. The light and airy living room has frosted glass to the upper half of its two doors, which lead into the kitchen and hall--so that sun and light can stream through all day. A ventilator from the fireplace in the living room, in which smokeless coal is burned, sends heat into the large bedroom next door.
Mrs Hollis makes tea in her kitchen. She worked in the Despatch Department from
1919 until her marriage in 1923.
The modern kitchen is of a comfortable size, with roomy cupboards and larder, conveniently placed electric points and even a spin drier.
Leading of the hall is a recess in which there is a cupboards for meters, and a door which opens on to a coal bunker. Coal is shot into this from outside, so that no dirt or dust comes into the maisonette. Near each block is a row of neat storage sheds --one for every tenant. Continuing what is surely a fine community spirit, pensioners received a great deal of help from employees when they moved in last April. Hanging curtains, polishing floors, and fetching shopping were just a few of the jobs done. Whilst amongst themselves those that could, helped each other.
At present the estate looks rather bare, but the grass is through, and by next year there will be cherry trees to line the walks.
Mr Hollis--kwon as ' Warny' to his old associates started work with the Cherry Blossom factory in 1914, and retired from the tinshop in 1943.
We found it hard to realise that he is eighty one years old, and takes a long walk each day!
Shown to us by Mr & Mrs John Hollis