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Silver End Village

Silver End Village in Braintree is a Modernist development by architect Francis Crittall, who also designed Clockhouse Way and Cressing Road. Begun in 1926, it was designed to house workers from the nearby Crittall steel window factory, and as such was a self-contained village with all services incorporated into the designs, from a village hall to a department store, sports facilities and a slaughter house. Crittall wrote that for the development, traditional design was sacrificed in favour of light and airy structures.

The most interesting of the housing designs were executed by Thomas Tait and Frederick MacManus, and can be found at the end of Silver Street, the three larger manager’s houses on Boars Tye Road are also notable.

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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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