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The folly of garden cities

23 July 2022

9:00 AM

23 July 2022

9:00 AM

House in the Country: Where Our Suburbs and Garden Cities Came From and Why It’s Time to Leave Them Behind Simon Matthews

Oldcastle Books, pp.256, 19.99

In his 1981 autobiography A Better Class of Person, the playwright John Osborne described an encounter he’d recently had with an actor who’d bought a house in Finlay Street, Fulham for £15,000. Osborne, having lived on the same street in the 1930s when properties there changed hands for £300, was astonished by the sum.

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