Cotters and squatters: housing's hidden history

Diggers illustration
Diggers illustration

Colin Ward's Cotters and Squatters explores the story of squatter settlement in England and Wales: from our cave-dwelling recent ancestors to the Diggers and on the industrial revolution; and from twentieth-century mass squatting to modern claims that The Land is Ours.

Submitted by Anonymous on September 19, 2017

There is a widespread folk belief that if a house could be erected between sundown and sunrise, the occupants had a right to live there. Often enquiry shows this legend to be true: that's the way it happened. This book is full of anecdote and glimpses of surviving evidence of this and other unofficial ways people have housed themselves.



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Submitted by the button on September 19, 2017

Ever wondered why you get random isolated houses by the sides of minor roads in the UK? This book will tell you!

(Clickbaity post aside, this is well worth a read, it's full of interesting snippets of info).