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main image Public sector housing, Lionel, Lewis, Western Isles
From 1919, a succession of housing acts encouraged local authorities to build both rural and urban housing.

Since 1937, the Scottish Special Housing Association has provided for strategic housing needs, building houses which were often radical in their design and use of materials. This mid-20th century housing is made from timber.

The resultant houses tended more towards English models, but some Scottish features have been retained. In rural areas single storey cottages remained the most common house type.

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