Crawley: a space mythology

Summer 1990

An examination of Crawley as a palimpsest of the English post-war town, including a historical account of the transformation of Crawley from pastoral ‘Garden City’ to 1950s modern ‘New Town’ to 1980s postmodern ‘orbital hamlet’. Appleby looks at the ways in which ideas of Englishness and the faked roots of ‘English heritage’ figure in the construction of the new town and its neighbourhoods, as evidenced in the obsessively themed toponymy of Crawley street names, and the styling of the houses.

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