This photograph, taken in 1971, shows the Panway Self Build Group, outside one of the 10 houses they had built in Hillyfields, Panshanger.
The timber-framed homes, were delivered and constructed over 17 months and cost around £6,000 each. The group bought the right to build from the then Commission For New Towns, though permission cam with a number of conditions. To prevent speculation, the men in the group had to prove they worked in WGC, as did their wives, and in two cases, their finances.
Members of the group agreed to give 16 hours of their time each week to the building project. “I came to the project quite late on,” says Norman, who with two other families still live in the houses they built. “The project attracted a wide variety of people with different skills. We were the first inhabitants of this part of Panshanger. The view from our back gardens was of open fields looking towards Tewin.”