October 2016


The palaces, the rich and those wishing to be near those in power thronged Malabar Hills in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but there were also those who thought of the housing needs of the middle-class. For them they built ‘little townships’ at the foothills.

An American who moved to England after the American Civil War showed the way. George Peabody was a social visionary, who set up a fund for public education and social housing, with multiple affordable homes in self-sufficient developments.