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Sprawl Repair

Many American architects and planners want to turn their  post World War 2 suburbs into neighbourhoods with a sense of place.  Galina Tachieva, the author of the Sprawl Repair Manual, and Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, who wrote Retrofitting Suburbia, … Continue reading

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A stand-in at the group practice — Dr Foster’s ‘Parminster’ is really Middlesex

  Film and television love Middlesex locations because they are close to base, in London, but can be cheated as many other places. Doctor Foster, which went out on BBC from September 9 to 7 October 2015, is set in … Continue reading

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Booming Middlesex

The latest Land Registry Report (table on page 11) shows that house price inflation has caught up with  the semi detatched suburbs but slowed or gone into reverse in Camden, Westminster, Kensington and Hammersmith and Fulham. Hillingdon had the biggest … Continue reading

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The Airports Commission recommendation — what it would mean for Sipson and Harmondsworth

3R-masterplan-northwest-potential-optimisation_LHR This is the modified version of the North West runway proposals, which saves the heart of Harmondworth with its church and extraordinary barn, but leaves them immediately beside the runway. Quite a lot of Sipson also survives.

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Desperate for sex in Middlesex — why was ‘The Inbetweeners’ set in Ruislip ?

‘He’s from a hard family in Northwood. His brother did time.’ ‘Oh, Northwood?’ The Inbetweeners, ‘Work Experience’ S2E2 2009 A lot of film and television has been shot in famous studios such as Shepperton or Teddington, and the streets of … Continue reading

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Mad in Middlesex

Shenley Hospital opened by Middlesex County Council in 1934 built on a long tradition in the county of enlightened care for people with mental illness. This began with the bluntly titled Madhouse Act of 1828 which provided for the first  … Continue reading

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German Lessons

The houses of London and its suburbs made a big impression on Germans, largely through  Herman Muthesius, the author of Das Englische Haus , later employer of the influential Berlin city planner Martin Wagner. But it was a two-way exchange. … Continue reading

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Harmondsworth — a terminal case ?

  The Airport Commission’s Interim Report on expanding the UK’s airport capacity proposes, as one of its three shortlisted options, creating a new runway (pictured above) to the northwest of Heathrow on the site of the village of Harmondsworth. The … Continue reading

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A Commanding View

Brilliant News that Bentley Priory, the Stanmore country house designed by Sir John Soane won’t after all be sold off as flats but is opening as a museum reflecting its role as central command point for the RAF in the … Continue reading

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Why can 1930s semis only be homes or B&Bs?

Georgian and early Victorian streets look rigid and geometrical whereas suburban streets bend and sprawl. But the older flat fronted houses are used or converted in any number of ways, from Prime Minister’s residence, to offices, restaurants, to pubs and … Continue reading

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