Shoreditch Park Project

Exploring the recent history of a neighbourhood of factory built prefabricated homes, and the design of daily life in east London.

"It was ever so poor, when we was young. Very poor, wasn't it? Our mothers used to come out shopping every single day, because not like today, you can go in and fill your basket, you couldn't do that, your money didn't go to that. That money was every week lotted out each day, It was life."

"...its geographical location is accidentally based on what was dropped from above. It's not where you would put a park ideally..."

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Sarah and Lucy are much better off

"It was ever so poor, when we was young. Very poor, wasn't it? Our mothers used to come out shopping every single day, because not like today, you can go in and fill your basket, you couldn't do that, your money didn't go to that. That money was every week lotted out each day, It was life."

Perry played in the ruins

"I used to play in it when I was a kid, this was a bombed ruin. These were ruins, this wasn't here, this park has only been here, I dunno, twenty years maybe. Before that it was, it was just - there was a road going through the middle and a road going along the side and then there was a wall all the way round it, and you looked over the wall and it was about a 10 foot drop to ruins where they pulled all the houses down from the bombings from the war."

Julian talks about the design of the park

"Its, its geographical location is accidentally based on what was dropped from above. It's not where you would put a park ideally, it's too much on the edge of Hoxton and the Shepherdess Walk area, if you like."

Elisabeth Blanchet talking about prefab homes

" One very important thing, it created all those little prefabs put together created communities, and I've always been interested in communities, how they, where do they come from, why do they work as a community. "

Irene Petit talks about Thatcher

"I think it would be a good idea for people that know a lot of homelessness to make prefabs again. And oh I tell you another thing that, erm, upsets me really - that people that lived in the flats and they was able to buy, you know we was talking about Mrs Thatcher, giving people their rights to buy their own flats, that's broke up communities. "

Mrs and Mr Harvey, talk about Gainsborough Studios

"Gainsborough Studios was halfway down, and when they used to shout so and so is coming today, we'd all go and sit up there, wait for the film stars"

Irene in the park

"...our prefabs were the first one - the first lot to go up after the war, because our house got bombed."

Mystery Woman

"Yeah. It's a shame they ever knocked them down, but there you go.."

Excalibur Estate Living Prefab

" I mean, we all stick together like, you know, we look out for each other. And we've got very close community. And I've got nobody on top of me, nobody around me, I've got my own bit of freedom, you know. "

Excalibur Estate Empty Prefab

"the construction to these bungalows is basically what we know as flat pack. They came along on a large, er large area trucks and simply unloaded from the trucks and placed on their concrete platforms."

Charlotte talks about rent

"What I don't get is how we talk about how expensive London is, but none ever stops to sort of say, it's actually not right that we, everyone charges this much rent. Honestly, I think, like, there needs to be some sort of erm, legal, statutory enforcement on rents"

Brian's mate blew himself up

"That was a ruin at one time. A mate of mine blew hisself over there, put a match in a petrol tank that had been dumped, a car that had been dumped, and he blew hisself up"