The day the Queen visited Hampton

If you walk among the housing estate in North Hampton, known locally as Nurserylands after the plant nurseries and farms which used to occupy the land, you’d be forgiven if you think that these 1980’s homes are a carbon copy of each other, built to meet the ever growing needs of the borough. But one, tucked away on one of the nondescript cul-de-sacs is a little more special than all of the others.

The house, in Morland Close, became the two-millionth home in the UK to be built under the National House Building Council (NHBC) scheme. Since 1936, the NHBC has raised construction standards of new homes in the UK and provides 10-year warranties to new home owners to provide piece of mind. The NHBC has also helped improve energy ratings in new homes, improved health and safety on construction sites, and added an emphasis on sustainability.

To mark the occasion, a plaque was unveiled by the Queen at Malcolm and Sarah Day’s home in Morland Close on the 13 February 1981.

Local residents and school children came out in full force, waving their flags hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen. The Coldstream Guards regiment from the British Army where in attendance and played ‘Bless this House’, and the Queen and other guests were served tea in a nearby marquee.

Over the next few years, the rest of the estate was completed including Sainsbury’s and the rest of Hampton Square, as well as Buckingham Primary School and the introduction of local bus services. The total development added around 2,000 new homes and is now a settled and thriving part of Hampton.

With thanks to research conducted by the Environment Trust and for the HNBC for the photo of the Queen’s visit.

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