'Scattered squalor'...'Downland Homes': aspects of housing history

Dr Geoffrey Mead SpeakerNet Sponsor

South East
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Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Local interest/professional
Paid: £80 plus travel if needed
12th October 2020

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 my doctorate I 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

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About Dr Geoffrey Mead

I am an Associate Tutor with the Geography team at the University of Sussex where I thought I had retired...10 years ago! I specialise in the landscapes of SE England, in both urban and rural areas and I did my doctorate in the suburban growth of the interwar period. I taught adult education for nearly 30 years at Sussex where I worked in the Landscape Studies degree team and was Convenor for Local History. I give talks across SE England to a wide range of groups, from universities to local history societies, WI groups , U3A, Probus and Round Tables. I run weekly classes at local community centres. The most requested from my range of talks are those that combine social history, geography, geology and a 'sense of place'. I can adapt my talks to particular areas or interests.

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