Our History

Cirencester Housing is a small charitable social housing provider, based in Cirencester and providing homes in Cirencester Town and the local rural community.

Cirencester Housing was formed in 1949 largely at the instigation of local landowners, the 8th Earl of Bathurst and the Chester-Masters family. At the time they saw the creation of a housing society as a means of overcoming some of the restrictions placed on the development of land for much needed houses to rent after World War II.

Cirencester Housing has increased its stock by purchasing properties from the open market and obtaining money for building from government, private lenders and its own reserves.

The first large development was in 1950 when Shepherds Way, Cirencester where 42 houses and 24 flats were built. Further developments led to our Lavender Lane and Jefferies Court estates in 1977 and 1987 respectively. Thirty-four properties in Vyners Close were added when the Cirencester Housing merged with the Corinium Housing Society in 1980. Since then there has been a steady addition of properties, including bungalows at Chester Mews and Southgate Mews.

In 2011, in partnership with Hills Homes, we acquired 3 award winning affordable homes in the village of Southrop. In 2013, we purchased a property in Fairford and developed 11 affordable homes in the picturesque Cotswold village of Bibury which opened in early 2015.  We are currently developing 12 affordable homes in the village of North Cerney to be occupied in 2019.

We have 154 properties, 1 being a leasehold property.