Squatters outisde the 'London Street Commune' in Piccadilly:1969

Henry Grant

Squatters outisde the 'London Street Commune' in Piccadilly:1969
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Squatters outside the 'London Street Commune' in Piccadilly. For six days in September 1969, No 144 Piccadilly was taken over by the 'London Street Commune'. The intent was to provide shelter for the homeless and to take advantage of loopholes in the law. A makeshift drawbridge on the ground floor allowed squatters to enter but kept the police at bay. Around 200 police eventually stormed the house, an event the Daily Mirror described as 'The Fall of the Hippy Castle'.

© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

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