Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. Who are usually depicted as being as stupid and drinking as much as Belgians. Who also live in corons close to the terrils. I think the distinction with UK is that our corons are associated with mines only. No corons in any other places. And we didn't have those lovely small gardens well tended the brits are so proud of. With reason.
I have never heard the word 'corons' before but when you drive through small towns in southwestern France, all the villages have rows of attached houses along the main street. Small gardens in the back if any, I suppose. Called "maison de ville" when they are up for sale.
I know Britain had to build a lot of housing post WW2, and there were "new towns"built as well, but with hindsight, I do wish concrete hadn't been considered the only building material in city centres. Or at least stick in a few trees or bushes.
I think the distinction with UK is that our corons are associated with mines only. No corons in any other places. And we didn't have those lovely small gardens well tended the brits are so proud of. With reason.
There's a difference in the UK between the "two up, two down" terraces in mining villages and industrial towns, which would seem very similar to "corons", and the Victorian terraces built in new suburbs for the clerking/office worker classes. The latter would normally have a back garden and a little front area that might have some space for a plant or two, but the former open straight on to the street and were built with at best a tiny yard out back with just enough space to hang out the washing, and for a coalshed and the outside toilet. I might say, the equivalent of such terraces round my bit of old industrial London go for at least half a million these days, especially once they've had the full interior designer treatment - but when I moved to Stoke-on-Trent for my first job in the early 70s, there were plenty of terrace houses on sale for about £1000 with - a key feature to be advertised - an approved government grant for installing an indoor bathroom.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 27, 2017 18:22:51 GMT
Different types of housing... might make for an interesting thread. Presumably other countries would be similar to the UK ...different builders build certain styles of house for example. Old factories become apartment buildings, barn conversions are popular in the countryside, old churches and chapels renovated into family homes...is there a thread already?