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Bungalow Town – Dr Geoffrey Mead

Plotlands, shanty towns and ‘scattered squalor’

A talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead about the development of Shoreham Beach During the early 20th century, the acute UK housing shortage saw a range of informal settlements spring up on largely marginal land, offering a range of housing opportunities. Ex-army huts, redundant railway carriages, old tram cars, bus bodies and even a WW1 bomber (minus wings) served as makeshift housing. Local authorities, especially the rural district councils such as Lancing, Steyning, Chailey and Newhaven were largely powerless to stop this tide of low-quality accommodation… Shoreham, of course was different! The development of Bungalow Town from the late 19th century mirrored other such UK communities, but with a more exotic twist.


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