This rent book was issued to Mr J.R. Wilkinson. He rented a property at 4
Midhurst Road in Hanwell. The book records the rent he paid between May
1951 and December 1954.
Experience of renting
Until the late 1950s, renting one's house or flat was more common for many
Londoners than today. With increasing post-war prosperity, workers began
to be able to save for a deposit on new private housing, and owning one's
home became achievable for greater numbers of Londoners. The growing
availability of mortgages encouraged this trend.