Palgrave Studies in Oral History

London's Aylesbury Estate

An Oral History of the 'Concrete Jungle'

Authors: Romyn, Michael

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  • Demonstrates how shifts in housing policy, and broader political, economic and social developments, came to bear on a working-class community
  • Examines the rise and fall of the Aylesbury Estate from the estate’s ambitious inception until the first of its blocks were pulled down
  • Sheds light on a period rarely dealt with by historians of council housing, who have typically confined themselves to the years before or after the 1979 watershed
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This book looks beyond the Aylesbury’s public face by examining its rise and fall from the perspective of those who knew it, based largely on the oral testimony and memoir of residents and former residents, youth and community workers, borough Councillors, officials, police officers and architects. What emerges is not a simple story of definitive failures, but one of texture and complexity, struggle and accord, family and friends, and of rapidly changing circumstances. The study spans the years 1967 to 2010 – from the estate’s ambitious inception until the first of its blocks were pulled down. It is a period rarely dealt with by historians of council housing, who have typically confined themselves to the years before or after the 1979 watershed. As such, it demonstrates how shifts in housing policy, and broader political, economic and social developments, came to bear on a working-class community – for good and, more especially, for ill.

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Michael Romyn received an AHRC-funded PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. He has published essays in Planning Perspectives and The London Journal.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
London's Aylesbury Estate
Book Subtitle
An Oral History of the 'Concrete Jungle'
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51477-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51477-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51476-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 310
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations
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