‘Scattered squalor’ and ‘downland homes’: interwar housing at Patcham, Brighton

Mead, Geoffrey (2012) ‘Scattered squalor’ and ‘downland homes’: interwar housing at Patcham, Brighton. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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The Brighton suburb of Patcham is an area which was transforming rapidly into a
suburban housing district in the interwar period. An urban fringe area, where the
distinction between the various housing areas is largely explained by the differential
ownership and sale of the former agricultural land, and the subsequent development
as suburban housing under different developers. The factors bringing about the urban
expansion, particularly in relation to Brighton and its growing economy are discussed,
as is the declining agricultural economy. A variety of suburban housing types
emerged, ranging from army huts and architect-designed detached villas in the early
post-World War One period, to large corporate housing developments during the
1930s.This period was one where largely uncontrolled building was taking place
outside Brighton municipal control, a situation partly resolved by the extension of
borough boundaries in the late 1920s, and the social and legislative factors pertinent
to urban housing issues and suburban growth are discussed. This pattern of areal
difference is readily discernible in the 21st century where the palimpsest of earlier
patterns still influences the later building.

The economic situation and the various architectural styles of the interwar are
reviewed, as is the postwar development of the district which is described to give the
post-World War Two context. Suburbs are more complex than is apparent at first
consideration and this study aims to unpick the fabric of suburbia through the case
study of a selected area of Patcham setting it all in the wider context of local and
national issues. The patterns of building that are recorded for Patcham can be seen to
operate across Britain in the same period and serve as an exemplar of wider processes.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA670 Local history and description > DA690 Other cities, towns, etc., A-Z > DA690.B78 Brighton
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT0101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology > HT0330 Metropolitan areas
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 07:17
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2012 07:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40308

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