Cotters and squatters: housing's hidden history

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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.

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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Sep 19 2017 10:36


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Sep 19 2017 16:02

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).