The Secret History of Our Streets - London: A Social History Through the Houses and Streets We Live In

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BBC Books, 2012 - London (England) - 346 pages
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A history of modern Britain told through the stories of the houses and streets we live in, Our Secret Streets explores one of the great forces shaping our lives: property. Why we live where we live, and how that choice informs the lives we lead. In a modern version of a classic survey from the 19th century, this remarkable book tells the story of six London streets, representing the widest possible picture of the city both socially and geographically: Deptford High Street, Portland Road in Notting Hill, Reverdy Road in Bermondsey, Caledonian Road, Arnold Circus and Camberwell Grove. Each has a fascinating story of its own, from the rich being pushed out by the super-rich in Notting Hill to the first public housing scheme being launched in the East End. Together, their stories reveal the big underlying forces that have shaped Britain for the last 120 years: gentrification, migration, slum clearance, property speculation, the rural being subsumed by the urban. Our Secret Streets is the untold social history of the streets we walk down every day, and a groundbreaking social document of modern Britain's changing class and social system. The six streets and larger themes they address: Deptford High Street - the mania for re-development, slum clearances Portland Road - gentrification and 'super-gentrification' (the rich being pushed out by the super-rich) Reverdy Road - the white working class, the Blitz and redevelopment Caledonian Road - ownership and landlords, the prison Arnold Circus - public housing Camberwell Grove - the disappearance of rural idyll, the rise of the suburbs

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Joseph Bullman is a documentary writer and director. His documentaries include The Crime Scene Cleaner, the award-winnning The Man Who Bought Mustique and his Lars von Trier collaboration, England is Mine. He

received a BAFTA nomination for Best Director for his The Seven Sins of England.

Neil Hegarty is the author of Story of Ireland, which accompanied the BBC series, and Dublin: A View from the Ground. His journalism has appeared in the Irish Times and Daily Telegraph and he has written radio documentaries for RTE.

Brian Hill is a triple BAFTA-winning film maker who works in both drama and documentary for cinema and television. He pioneered the documentary musical with films such as Feltham Sings. Hill is also Managing Director of acclaimed production company, Century Films.

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