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Nurses hostel JLP01_08_074883 Featured Women's History Image

Nurses hostel JLP01_08_074883

Restell Close, Greenwich,
Greater London. Two women sitting, reading and writing, in the bedroom of a Sectra block of residential nurses flats on Restell Close.
This residential block for nurses was one of three 10-storey, H-shaped blocks, built by Laing's Construction Company for the South-East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, using the Sectra system. The flats were built on a high point just off Vanbrugh Hill with views over Greenwich, Deptford and the River Thames, providing self-contained flats of three and four rooms for nurses who worked at Greenwich Hospital. The blocks were named Jenner House, Lister House and Norfolk House. In 2007, two of the blocks were demolished and Norfolk House was reclad and subsequently renamed Leamington Court

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Record player JLP01_08_073453 Featured Women's History Image

Record player JLP01_08_073453

JOHN LAING AND SON LIMITED, PAGE STREET, MILL HILL, BARNET, GREATER LONDON. A woman crouching beside a record player in the coffee lounge of the new Sports Club centre at the Mill Hill offices of John Laing and Son Ltd, soon after the centre's opening.
By 1966, membership of the Laing Sports Club had reached 2,500 throughout the country. A new Sports Club wing opened at John Laing and Son Ltd's offices at Mill Hill on 28th April 1966. The new centre had two floors which a billiards room, club rooms, sports shop, photographic studio, and offices. A coffee lounge, table tennis hall and TV lounge were separated by folding doors and could be converted into a large meeting hall

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Delivering groceries JLP01_08_048781 Featured Women's History Image

Delivering groceries JLP01_08_048781

BERKELEY POWER STATION, BERKELEY, HAM AND STONE, STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. The local butcher's wife delivering supplies to Mrs Glover, living in a caravan on a temporary site at Berkeley Nuclear Power Station during its construction
Berkeley Nuclear Power Station was the first commercial nuclear power station in the United Kingdom and one of the first generation of nuclear reactors in Britain. Laing were the civil engineers for the project with work commencing on 7th January 1957. The 57 acre site included offices and temporary housing with facilities for the workers on site. Mrs Glover, shown in the photograph, was the wife of Jim Glover who was a Lima excavator river working on the diversion of the Conigre Pill

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection