Corporation house

  • manon33

    Senior Member
    English - England (Yorkshire)
    What is a corporation house in the UK?
    I suspect it may be some kind of publicly built or subsidized housing?

    Thank, Brits, for an answer.

    scotu
    It is normally called a council house (not a corporation house), and is, as you say, a form of subsidised, municpally provided rented accommodation.

    'Corporation' is virtually redundant now as a term for a local council. You used to hear 'the Corpy' in Liverpool, but as far as I am aware, it survives only amongst people who grew up in the 1970s or before.
     

    manon33

    Senior Member
    English - England (Yorkshire)
    I was born in 1964 and the term corporation [= 'local council'] sounds extremely dated even to me.
    It does to me too, but there is a play called 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell, written and set in the 1970s in Liverpool, which contains that usage. It is possible the playwright was behind the times with it, too.
     
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