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..."

TJosh: Um, do you, have you lived in the area for long?

Mr Harvey: Ever since I've been married

J: How long has that been?

MH: 1956.

J: Wow!

MH: Wow [laughs] we've been married 57 years.

J: Amazing. What's your name, sorry?

MH: Mr Harvey.

J: Mr Harvey. Do you guys remember the Shoreditch Park and the prefab homes that used to be -

Sylvia: Yeah I lived in one

MH: Yeah she used to live on there! 38 Paul Street

J: Did you! what was your name, sorry?

S: Mrs - Sylvia. Mrs Harvey.

J: Mrs Harvey

S: Can I just go out the sun, sorry?

J: Yeah yeah, absolutely, sorry to stop you guys

MH: Tell them about the Gainsborough Studios.

S: Alright, wait a minute. We moved in there when I was 8. So it goes a long way [laughs]

MH: Yeah, going back a long way [laughs]

S: Oh it was lovely. I loved living in a prefab, I'd have one of those today if I could have one, really would, I loved it, yeah. You had the Gainsborough Studios just up the, as I lived on the third one, coming from New North Road coming down I was in the last one, 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 to come.

J: Wow!

S: Yeah it was good.

MH: -Alfred Hitchcock?

S: James Mason was one of the most rudest ones I knew out of all of them.

J: Really?

S: Mmm. You know like, when you're kids, "can we have your autograph?" "ugh, go away" [laughs]

MH: [??] John as the mermaid girl

S: Yeah she was alright yeah, she was alright yeah. Yeah t was nice down there. Then we would have an annual fair, where out prefabs ended they'd also been bombed there, but I don't know why, they didn't do no building there. And then we used to have the annual fair once a year, you know, come round

J: When was that, in the summer or?

S: In the summer yeah, well, September, like

I can't see anyone that would say they didn't like living in a prefab. Cause you had your own garden, did what you like. Yeah really good. I'd have one of them back tomorrow [laughs]