An Englishman’s home is his castle

A common phrase. But where did it start and what exactly does it mean?

One of the earliest examples of it being used is in 1581 when Richard Mulcaster, the headmaster of Merchant Taylors’ School in London, said:

“He [the householder] is the appointer of his own circumstance, and his house is his castle.”

Ironically Mulcaster’s own experience in castles wasn’t that happy. He was imprisoned for theft in the Tower of London and probably tortured into a confession.

But the phrase and idea stuck in law and has been used in cultures all over the world. We use it to mean that our home is our place of safety; our own space; where we need to feel secure and comfortable.

At YourMK, we are very clear that when we talk about the work we do in communities, neighbourhoods and individual properties we are dealing with something very important and special – your home, your place, your castle.

So whether we are talking to you about future plans for improving your area or delivering a repairs and maintenance service, we have to be true to our word and do what we say.

After a busy first month the repairs and maintenance service for council properties – which is now run by YourMK – has reported good figures.

On the first day the team took over 330 calls – double the usual number. Overall in April it took 3,432 calls. 2,000 jobs have been completed and the backlog of work has been reduced to just 106, down from 1,500. The average time for a job to be completed is now less than a week.

And so far we are getting good feedback. One resident on Beanhill said: “The lads were brilliant! They came and did the job with no messing around, cleared up and were very polite too!”

This is just the start of a long process to make the best of Milton Keynes even better. There is a long way to go. But it’s a good start.

However, if you need your moat repaired…perhaps that one is down to you.