Bramleys HC

40 homes in the North Kensington area of London.
Registered Office: 8 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8GT.

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BACKGROUND OF BRAMLEYS  HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE

In October 1977, the Greater London Council planned to knock down the derelict buildings on Freston Road but met resistance from 120 squatters, who declared themselves to be the Free And Independent State Of Frestonia.

Following international press coverage, the residents formed the Bramleys Housing Co-operative Ltd, which negotiated with Notting Hill Housing Trust for continued residence and acceptable redevelopment of the site. Some Frestonians were unhappy with the consequent loss of independence, and moved away.

To the current day, Bramleys Housing Co-operative manages the properties owned and built on the Frestonia site by Notting Hill Housing Trust, and its members continue to live as a close-knit community. Some are children or grandchildren of the original Frestonians, although there has also been a significant influx of new residents.

More information can be found at http://www.frestonia.org/

Further information published in the Guardian in October 2017 can be found at

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/oct/30/frestonia-london-commune-squatters