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79,811.  A vast modernist social experiment is to be carried out in the working-class east and south.  ibid.

 

79,812.  Deptford Council comes up with a plan to close down its market.  ibid.

 

79,813.  The residents weren’t shown these maps and they were never consulted about these plans to pull down the streets ... Near total destruction of its past.  ibid.

 

79,814.  The number of pubs is down from twelve to two.  ibid.

 

79,815.  Reginald Road: the health inspectors’ verdicts are kept private; three years on Reginald is declared a slum and residents are instructed to leave.  ibid.

 

 

79,816.  Built for them in the Georgian era but fell into a steep decline when it was abandoned by them.  A century later the middle classes returned to restore it.  The Secret History of Our Streets II: Camberwell Grove

 

79,817.  Four miles from the centre of London lies Camberwell Grove ... built in Georgian and Regency times ... You enter another world.  ibid.

 

79,818.  In the 1860s the railway cut into Camberwell Grove.  ibid.

 

79,819.  In 1951 nearly half a million households in London were still without a bath which was plugged into the mains.  ibid.

 

79,820.  Between 1967 and 1976, 70,000 houses were demolished in London.  (London & House)  ibid.

 

79,821.  By the mid-70s the vast new Aylsbury estate ... was already suffering from its severe design flaws.  ibid.

 

 

79,822.  Its prime location made the Caledonian Road right for exploitation.  The Secret History of our Streets III: Caledonian Road

 

79,823.  In 1826 London’s Victorian property boom was in full swing.  ibid.

 

79,824.  A brand new prison: Pentonville opened in 1842.  ibid.

 

79,825.  The rail company had the power to get what it wanted.  ibid.

 

79,826.  In the 1950s with their leaders being locked up in Pentonville, the road had become the focus of tension between Irish republicans and authorities.  ibid.

 

79,827.  Caledonian Market was closed down for good in 1963.  It was the end of an era.  ibid.

 

79,838.  The Council decided the whole area needed modernising.  ibid.

 

79,839.  State of the art council estates: once more the people of the Caledonian Road were given no choice.  ibid.

 

79,840.  The dream of modern living didn’t stand up to reality.  ibid.

 

79,841.  British Rail had plans to bring the Channel Tunnel to Kings Cross.  ibid.

 

 

79,842.  Portland Road, Notting Hill: full of multi-million pound houses – the ultimate London banker’s streets.  But it was once the worst slum in London.  The Secret History of our Streets IV: Portland Road

 

79,843.  Portland Road was built in the 1850s.  ibid.

 

79,844.  Portland’s first social housing project – Nottingwood House.  ibid.

 

79,845.  In 1957 the Rent Act had swept away rent control, enabling private landlords to charge whatever they like.  ibid.

 

79,846.  The dispersal of working people from Portland Road meant the demise of a hundred-year-old community.  ibid.

 

79,847.  The division between different parts of the street was becoming starker.  ibid.

 

79,848.  Portland Road was becoming fashionable.  House prices were rising steeply.  ibid.

 

 

79,849.  Gentrification has swept across much of the Victorian housing stock in London.  Reverdy Road in Bermondsey has largely resisted the middle class invasion.  The Secret History of our Streets V: Reverdy Road

 

79,850.  A street of eighty-five two-storey houses.  ibid.

 

79,851.  The Salters were part of a political movement that dominated the politics of the early twentieth century: it could be called Municipal Socialism.  ibid.

 

79,852.  The Solarium offered artificial sunshine to thousands of Bermondsey people.  ibid.

 

79,853.  The council felt the blitz damage was an opportunity to continue the slum clearance.  ibid.

 

79,854.  The surgery on Reverdy Road closed in 1994.  ibid.

 

 

79,855.  To the East End – to a ring-shaped street called Arnold Circus.  Arnold Circus was designed to improve the lives of the poorest in the city, but little here went according to plan.  The Secret History of our Streets VI: Arnold Circus

 

79,856.  More affluent residents are moving in.  ibid.

 

79,857.  This would be Britain’s first council estate.  ibid.

 

79,858.  Many worked in the garment trade.  ibid.

 

79,859.  In the centre of Arnold Circus was an open space.  ibid.

 

79,860.  Becoming a council tenant was celebrated as a step towards a better life.  ibid.

 

79,861.  By the mid-70s Brick Lane’s Jewish garment companies were becoming Bangladeshi owned.  There were Bangladeshi shops.  ibid.

 

79,862.  A thriving Bangladeshi community has found sanctuary in Arnold Circus.  ibid.

 

79,863.  One of the most fashionable shopping streets in London.  ibid.

 

 

79,864.  The new Jerusalem.  A Biblical prophecy.  And the sacred mission of an ancient order of knights.  Could this reveal the true purpose of the freemasons?  New Ancient X Files: Joan of Arc & New Jerusalem

 

79,865.  Whether the lost tribes of Israel fled to Britain will remain a matter of controversial speculation.  ibid.

 

79,866.  For Gilbert, the Biblical messages encoded in Wren’s St Paul’s are clear.  ibid.

 

 

79,867.  Monies, companies and people are pouring into London like never before.  Our capital is generating more than a fifth of Britain’s income and it's pulling away from the rest of the country.  Mind the Gap: London v the Rest, BBC 2014

 

79,868.  Location ... seems to matter more than ever.  ibid.

 

 

79,869.  Britain is changing, becoming one country with two economies.  There's one called London and then there's the rest.  London is generating a fifth of Britain's income dominating our economy like never before.  Mind the Gap: London v the Rest II

 

79,870.  Today’s economy more than ever favours hubs.  Places that are globally connected.  ibid.

 

79,871.  London has the size and the gravitational pull.  ibid.

 

79,872.  One big city is more productive than two cities half the size.  ibid.

 

 

79,875.  It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be bettered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.  George VI

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