Evidence record card

Date: 1930s
Housing conditions in the Rhondda: a familiar picture

The lives of married women in the Welsh valleys revolved, as before, around the home and housing conditions were still generally appalling. In many cases, families were reduced to extremes of poverty by the consequences of the General Strike of 1926 and the Depression of 1929. In the 1930s, overcrowding was running at an average of 5.8 persons per house in the Rhondda and death rates from childbirth actually rose during the decade. According to Megan Lloyd George, “The greater risk to health was for the woman who spent the greater part of her life in those squalid, dark unventilated cottages.”