5 MAY 1923, Page 13


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] Sta,—May I say a word as regards housing on behalf of newly- married couples and older couples whose children are all out in the world ?

It is hard luck to have to pay for superfluous rooms or to be obliged to take in a lodger to make up the rent. If some ot the new cottages were built in groups of three, a four or five-roomed cottage at each end and one with a living-room, bedroom and scullery in the middle, it would save expense and help to keep the little house warm.

I know how much two-roomed cottages are prized by newly-married folk. They cost less to furnish than the larger ones, the rent is lower, and it takes less work to keep them clean and attractive. The rooms should be quite as large in two-roomed cottages as in four-roomed. If it is true that many young couples are waiting to marry until they can get a cottage, would it not be well to build a number of two- roomed cottages either in pairs or groups, with a view to each pair being turned into one four-roomed cottage later on

when times are better ?—I am, Sir, &c., E. M.. R.