This year, Derby City Council and Derby Homes are commemorating the history of council housing and a century since people moved into Derby’s first council homes. Derby Brewing Co. have produced a beer to celebrate the centenary of the “Addison Act”, the Act of Parliament that kick-started the large scale building of state-owned houses after the First World War.  Addison Ale is named after the author of the 1919 Housing Act, Dr Christopher Addison, the Minister of Health at the time.

Derby’s first council homes were built on Victory Road in Osmaston in 1920. Nearby, running alongside the old Rolls-Royce factory, Addison Road was likely named after the Minister himself.

The city has a rich, interesting history of council housing: from the early pre-second world war estates of Osmaston, Normanton, Allenton, Alvaston, Sinfin and Chaddesden to post-war developments like the Mackworth Estate and Rivermead House, Derby’s only high rise block. The changing demands of the decades saw a greater diversity of homes built across the city, including flats for single people and couples and sheltered housing for the ageing population.

A hundred years on, Council housing is still very much in the media and on the government’s agenda again.  In Derby, the Council and Derby Homes have delivered over new 400 council houses since 2009 and this year will see the 100th newly built council home under their partnership.

Addison Ale is a limited edition beer that launches at Derby CAMRA Winter Ale Festival (19 – 22nd February) and will be available in various pubs in the city following this. Derby Homes staff will also be running a stall at the Beer Festival with a range of historical information on council housing.

Councillor Roy Webb, Cabinet member for Adults, Health and Housing said:

“It’s great that we’re involving local organisations to celebrate our council housing and raise awareness with a wide audience. This city has a lot to be proud of and people should be more aware of our history and how we got to where we are today. In Derby, the capital city of real ale, it is only appropriate to celebrate Addison’s achievement with a pint.”