an Englishman’s home is his castle

October 17, 2008

In the UK, owning your own home has long been associated with a certain level of achievement. The day you get that first front door key, you feel like you’ve really made it, you’ve arrived, you’re finally on the property ladder, that auspicious symbol of success – or at least a certain level of success. Aren’t you?

Well with the current economic crisis, it seems that this dream, this desire to own your own property, is in danger of becoming something only the wealthy can attain. So just how important are those bricks and mortar? Can your “home” really be defined simply as the building you’re living within or is it something more, something deeper, something more intangible that you cant quite determine or explain?

Apparently “home” or rather “family” is changing. No longer does it relate to father, mother, and 2.4 children. Nowadays, family might include grandparents, perhaps 3 generations of one family within the same dwelling. Not that this is a bad thing, there are definitely plus points to this & it is in fact very much the norm in some of our neighbouring European countries. (Perhaps that is more a sign of the times in England where older people do not seem to command the same respect they do elsewhere.) “Family” might also be a group of friends, or it might include a lodger, so vast is the landscape of our homes in these modern times.

But times they are a-changing. The traditional family is no longer the same. The family home is in danger of disappearing for so many people as debts and lack of disposable income means they cant afford to pay for basic essentials, let alone mortgages or heaven forbid the odd luxury! Certainly the current economic situation is not likely to make this easier for people in the short-term. Only time will tell if, when we look back in 50, 60, 70 years, will we be seeing an entirely different home and family makeup from the Britain of the future?

One comment

  1. A lot of traditional Victorian family homes are now being turned into flats. Sad but inevitable I suppose.

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