Domestic Housing for Disabled Veterans 1900-2014

Introductions to Heritage Assets

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This short guide gives an historical overview of the care offered to disabled ex-Service personnel in England in terms of dedicated housing provision from 1900, when this first became a national concern.

Before the twentieth century, any State provision for housing disabled soldiers and sailors tended to be either within an institution or by payment of a pension. However, by then a charitable movement to care for, and especially to house, disabled veterans and their families was underway, and this developed greatly in response to increasingly destructive conflicts. This provision has left a legacy of a considerable range of historic buildings, singly or in planned groups, across England. To date, these have been little studied, notwithstanding their architectural and historical interest. Many remain the homes of ex-Service personnel, still fulfilling their original purpose.



  1. Historical Background
  2. The Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
  3. The First World War, 1914-18
    Economic independence
    Segregated or protected housing
    Tuberculosis settlements
    Colonies and small-holdings
    Integrated urban housing
  4. The Inter-War Period
    Local and central government response
    Housing provided by war charities and voluntary organisations
    The Douglas Haig Memorial Homes Trust
    Veterans’ housing as war memorials
  5. The Second World War, 1939-45
    Accessible housing after 1945
    Memorial housing after the Second World War
  6. The Period Since 1945
    Current provision
  7. Further Reading
  8. Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 32
  • Product Code: HEAG073


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