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Making a home in maritime London

An oral history project
Why did you move to London?
How did you feel when you first arrived in London?
What sort of accommodation did you have?
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How did you feel when you first arrived in London?

Tony at Len Clifton House
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For some, moving to London was a big culture shock: 

 

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Unfortunately the very first day I came it was snowing.
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That was the very first time I saw this thing, and I thought, 'Oh my god, what is happening here!'

(William, originally from Sierra Leone)

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I saw the houses, and I said, 'I hope this is not where I'm going!'. Until the taxi stopped, and that was where I was
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going. I felt choked because it was a lot of people in a very small space.

(Tony, originally from Nigeria)

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Some thought the area was dirty:

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When I first came here, on the main road… they had toilets
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in the middle of the road.

(Margaret, from Deptford)

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Leander Court Undeen
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After the initial shock and readjustment, many have successfully made a home in South East London:

 

 

 

 

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It's good. I have good friends. I have a friendly

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relationship with the co-tenants.

(Tony, originally from Nigeria)

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Well at the start I didn't. Because at first I didn't fit in, you
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see, because I wasn't used to it. But now I'm all right!

(Florence, originally from Sierra Leone)

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When I came here I was happy that I got a place, but it was a one bedroom flat, and I found it so choked up. And then I complained, and they filled out the form for me and they
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gave me another place, where I'm very happy now.

(Grace, originally from Nigeria)

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