1967: Hyde was created, when the country’s major cities were still struggling to overcome the impact of World War II. Demand for decent affordable housing outstripped the capacity of the building industry, including local authorities, to supply.
The poorest and most vulnerable members of society were condemned to live in the worst housing. The drama Cathy Come Home shown on the BBC in November 1966 – a year before Hyde Housing Association was founded – dramatically highlighted this social injustice.
Against this backdrop, a group of working professionals met at a Round Table meeting hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh, to encourage local people to make a difference in their communities. Inspired by this, the young men talked about what they could do tackle homelessness in the area. Hyde’s founders continued this conversation in the Black Horse pub in Sidcup and the rest is history…
Throughout the decades, Hyde has remained true to the ideals to which we aspired when embarking on that journey in 1967: to help people, excluded from the mainstream housing market, by providing them with decent, affordable homes and managing them properly.Michael Hollingsworth and Ted Watts - Founding members, Hyde Housing Association
Hyde was named after Hyde Vale in Greenwich, where one of the founders (an estate agent) had recently sold a property and felt the name would bring good luck. The founders suffered a few setbacks before purchasing Hyde’s first home in Halesworth Road, Lewisham.
Their original aim was to buy two homes a year and convert them into four flats, to rent to those in need but this simple ambition was quickly surpassed.
1968: Hyde’s first homes were converted into affordable housing.
1969: Hyde’s first residents moved in.