PortCities London

Making a home in maritime London

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
View full size imageConnie from Vanguard Estate.
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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