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Dorman Long Company (Dorlonco) houses

The Dorlonco system is considered to be the most successful of the post-WWI house types, in terms of both commercial viability and longevity of production, with some examples dating from post-WWII period. Originally built to house workers and their families of the Dorman Long Company at Dormanstown, the first demonstration houses were built in 1919 and the system received the support of the Ministry of Health . The system appears to have been well designed to avoid problems of corrosion in the main structure, whilst the close spacing of the steel framework made a secondary timber framework to support claddings and linings unnecessary . The steel frame was designed to accept a number of different claddings, from conventional brickwork to render on a metal lath.

The system's architects, Adshead, Ramsey and Abercrombie, created a well proportioned house that conformed to the popular neo-Georgian style. The regular sizing and placement of window and door openings satisfied the expectation of standardisation and simplification that had become an orthodoxy during the war years , and was also well suited to systemised building. Internal linings are very robust, consisting of a 2 inch thick leaf of clinker block work, plastered on the inner face, whilst intermediate floors are of concrete on metal lath reinforcement. As a result, the houses give the impression of being extremely solidly built. The Dorman Long Company was responsible for the manufacture and erection of the steel frame, the completion of the houses being carried out by local contractors or Local Authority direct labour.

Dorlonco house Dorlonco house, High Wycombe [1] Rear/end elevations.
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Dorlonco house Dorlonco house, High Wycombe [2] Street view.
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Dorlonco house Dorlonco house, High Wycombe [3] Semi detached house- front
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Dorlonco house Dorlonco house, High Wycombe [4] Semi detached pair.
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