History of LSA

You may be aware that the Land Settlement Association built an estate of 43 small-holdings on land at Fen Drayton in the late 1930s. This was one of over 20 such estates around the country, established to provide employment opportunities for long-term unemployed men and their families from depressed industrial areas.

I have just completed a history of the LSA from its formation in 1934 to its closure in 1983, and realise that those living on or close to those former estates may like to know how they can obtain copies.

I have also written a book Newbourne in short trousers relating my experience of growing up on another LSA estate during the 1940s and 1950s. This may also be of interest in that it describes family and working life for LSA tenants during the early years of the scheme.

Anyone interested in either or both publications can contact me using the details below.

Leigh Belcham

45a Western Avenue


IP11 9SL

01394 285674 lbelcham1@aol.com