Blog post for Turf Projects arts Croydon
Twentieth Century Society 100 Shops
Keynote slides: Practical Politics and Place in the 19th century
new towns reading list
right to stand on the pavement
New Lives New Landscapes Revisited: Rural Modernity in Britain
select bibliography on new social movements, urban commons, and anti-globalisation protest
BBC Radio 4 Analysis, ‘what’s the point of street protest?’
East London primary sources
golden lane estate

campaigns and projects

Links to campaigns and projects related to the history of contested public spaces, greens, development, etc:

Who Owns England?

and Guy Shrubsole’s campaign with Nick Hayes:

Campaign map by Community Planning Alliance:

Save Royton’s Green Belt Campaign

Save Ryebank Fields, Chorlton, Manchester:

ryebank fields campaign

StoreyG2, Freeman’s Wood, Lancaster:

freemans wood

Save Victoria Tower Gardens campaign:

List of campaigns by London Friends of Green Spaces network:

Save Tidemill gardens:

Save our Green Open Space, Sheffield:

Save Rimrose Valley, Liverpool:

Save Clifton Hill Green Space, Exeter:

Save Elm Road Open Space, Thurrock (successful):

Save Chaucer’s Fields, Canterbury:

Save Walthamstow’s Town Centre:

Friends of Tooting Common:

Save our Scrubs:

(from 2015):

Coombe Valley Preservation Group, Gloucs:


Save Farm Terrace Allotments, Watford:

Coombe Valley Allotments, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucs

Save Northfield Allotments, Ealing:

tenants’ rights groups and campaigns etc:

Save Cressingham Gardens (social housing):

Demolition Watch:

Fight for the Aylesbury:

(from 2015):

Save Westbury SW8:

Knight’s Walk, Kennington:

(from 2015):

Save Oval, Kennington

national preservationist associations:

Open Spaces Society:


London Friends of Green Spaces network:

Greenspaces’ guide: ‘How to run a successful community campaign to save your open space’:

Other types of public spaces:

research on market places and market sites by Dr Sara Gonzalez & Gloria Dawson, 2015


Academic research groups and projects:

Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research:

Their open-access journal is: People, Place and Policy

International Garden Cities Institute