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So far Jill Stewart has created 31 blog entries.

Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

An amazing chance find on a recent visit to Northern Spain. Who knew that Antonio Gaudi’s first house was built in Comillas, a lovely seaside town, a place once favoured by the Spanish royal family? Most people of course know Gaudi’s Barcelona works, particularly the Sagrada Familia Basilica, which I shamefully admit I’ve yet to [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Gaudí’s musical Spanish house

From Prefab to Container Living

Prefabs were supposed to be a short-term fix to the housing crisis after the second world war, a life of around 10 years until housing could be more permanently sorted. They needed to be constructed rapidly, and although hard to heat and cold in the winter, some with asbestos and other health and safety concerns, [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on From Prefab to Container Living

Housing and music

Hearing a piece of music can bring memories of time and place, and there is plenty of music about housing. Let’s start with a YouTube gritty backdrop to East London Ghettos. We are told here: “There is a misconception that London is all sunny and a happy place. This is what the media cover and don't [...]

By | August 5th, 2017|Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing and music

Beamish: a grand day out

Beamish could easily be a sentimental view of a past golden age – but refreshingly, it isn’t. Beamish is one of those places that once you hear about, you keep hearing about. It’s located near Durham and as such is founded around the area’s industrial development and coal mining past. The founder Frank Atkinson wanted [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, Housing and History, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Beamish: a grand day out

Grenfell Tower

This time last week no one could have started to imagine the horrific housing nightmare that would unfold. Grenfell Tower caught fire which rapidly spread and numerous people tragically lost their lives. Buildings should be designed to contain fire at its source and provide a means of escape that is protected from the ingress of smoke [...]

By | June 17th, 2017|Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Grenfell Tower

Life aboard: canal and river moorings

Sometimes it’s hard to know what stimulates an interest in something for us, but for me in my childhood I am also certain that what introduced me to canals was not just living near to the Grand Union Canal and watching the locks fill and empty, but also the Ladybird book: The Story of Our [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Uncategorised, Unique and Usual Places|Comments Off on Life aboard: canal and river moorings

Flats, Mary, Mungo & Midge, and (The) Arsenal

YouTube clip also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-jNMS0hVVc Who remembers Mary, Mungo and Midge? I’d always thought it was in black and white, and this YouTube is the first time I have ever seen it in colour! Richard Baker narrated the stories in his very deep voice, about Mary, who lived with her dog and pet mouse, in [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Film, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on Flats, Mary, Mungo & Midge, and (The) Arsenal

Housing in photography

I’ve never had any doubt that amongst my greatest teaching and learning resources are my own photographs of different types and conditions of housing – they always have immediate and lasting impact. For this reason, over a period of years I have become more and more interested in how photographs – and other visual images [...]

By | March 4th, 2017|Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, Housing and History, Photography, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Housing in photography

Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10

Denton Road still appears on my old edition of the London A-Z but apart from that, practically all traces of it have vanished. I’ve never been able to find a photo in an archive, or a snippet of written information from decision makers on what happened to all those people who lived there, and why [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Tower Blocks and Flats, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Denton Road, Stonebridge Park, NW10

Where’s Cathy now?

Last night I finally got to see I, Daniel Blake in my local cinema. It was only showing for one night and it was full, with people waiting hopefully for returned tickets. Having always worked in housing, so many of those film characters were familiar, both those administering processes and decisions, and those receiving them. [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Film, Uncategorised|Comments Off on Where’s Cathy now?