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From gentlemen traders to feminist squatters: housing and urban change around London Fields
  • Category
    London
  • Date(s)
    21 March 2018
  • Time
    7:00 PM
  • Price
    £7*
  • Concs.
    £5*
From gentlemen traders to feminist squatters: housing and urban change around London Fields

The well-built houses lining the streets on the southwest side of Hackney’s London Fields, first constructed in the 1820s, were initially inhabited by wealthy traders and gentlemen but the area soon underwent rapid development and industrialisation with the arrival of the railway in the 1870s. A century later it was run-down and neglected with many of the previously multi-occupied houses standing tinned up and empty while final master plans for the new Broadway Market scheme were negotiated. By the mid-1970s an estimated 20-30,000 people throughout Greater London had reclaimed, repaired and squatted thousands of similar empty dwellings earmarked for demolition, including these same streets.

In this talk, Christine Wall, University of Westminster, explores the origins and historical importance of a group of women who moved in and squatted these houses and, using oral history testimony, recounts their experience of building, both literally and figuratively, a community.


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