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Monthly Meeting March 6th 2024 - Scattered Squalor, Downland Homes

SCATTERED SQUALOR, DOWNLAND HOMES by Dr Geoffrey Mead

Between the wars there was an enormous growth in British suburban housing, but not all were Tudorbethan semis with clipped lawns and an Austin 7 in the drive. Many were what are now termed 'plotlands', but in the past had harsher terms applied - hutments, track and shack or simply shanty towns ..... a term now viewed with much disfavour! As a result of research for his doctorate Geoffrey studied these plotlands in various UK locations, their origins, growth, demise and even disappearance. They are a largely ignored aspect of our housing history but one that has implications for present day and future UK landscapes.

COFFEE from 10am, the Talk will start at 10.30am.