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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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What sort of accommodation did you have?

Vanguard Estate

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Arriving in London all alone was a daunting prospect. The lucky ones had friends or family they could stay with:





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One of my uncles owned a house here, and I stayed
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with his wife, because my uncle was in Nigeria then.

(Grace, originally from Nigeria)

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When we got married… [his parents'] sitting
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room was to be ours. It was a sitting room-cum-bedroom. We were eating in with his parents.

(Maggie, originally from Liverpool)

Some people moved into council-owned accommodation:

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None of us had bathrooms
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unless they owned their house.

(Jean, from Deptford)

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Connie from Vanguard Estate
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Others were less fortunate and had to make alternative arrangements:






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We squatted in a Nissen hut,
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down Church Street.

(Connie, from Deptford)

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