Fourwalls Women's Housing Co-operative

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Fourwalls Women's Housing Co-operative

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        1983 - ?


        Fourwalls Housing Co-operative was a housing co-operative operating in Glasgow. It was created in order to allow single women to live in better accommodations through mutual ownership. It aimed to help single mothers and women without children, women who were homeless, whether due to unemployment or personal difficulties, and supply housing that women could independently control instead of relying on the council or landlords. They were particularly interested in ensuring buildings were energy-efficient and accessible to people with disabilities. Furthermore, they had an interest in preserving buildings of historical or architectural interest. Fourwalls Co-op was registered in 1978, but had become dormant until being offered for the women’s co-operative. The first open meeting was held in July 1983. In 1987 they were offered 33-37 Carnarvon Street by Woodlands Trust. They worked with Thenew Housing Association from 1986 onwards for professional advice and assistance. A founding member, Dianne Barry, admitted a lot of their more innovative ideas had to be scrapped, such as solar panels. The housing co-operative was still operating in 1999, housing 19 women. The company is currently listed as closed.



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        GB 1534

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        ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)



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        Created by Kate Aitkenhead, July 2022


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