I love you will u marry me

Several years back I was listening to Radio 4 and by chance there was something on about Park Hill, an estate I had then recently visited because I was in Yorkshire. A man had called in to the radio show saying that is was he who had sprayed the “I love you will u marry me” [...]

By | April 12th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Modernist Inspired, Tower Blocks and Flats|Comments Off on I love you will u marry me

Hospital to Home

In last month’s blog we went to Margate and that’s where we start again this month. Margate’s seaside heritage is exemplified by the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital built practically on the seafront in the 1790s, back in the days when sea air and sea bathing were considered to cure all manner of diseases. This hospital [...]

You can keep the Costa Brava

Just about every time I’ve been to Margate there’s been a dazzling blue sky and I asked if the golden sand was artificial – it isn’t. However my interest in this place didn’t stem from childhood memories of day trips to the seaside (but I do recall English and Welsh seaside holidays sitting behind a [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Decline and Regeneration, Housing and History, Living at the seaside|Comments Off on You can keep the Costa Brava

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

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

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