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Walter’s way

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About five miles south of the City of London, on a steeply sloping wooded site opposite a large hilltop park, is a piece of self-build history. It’s a winding cul-de-sac, accommodating, among the trees, 13 detached houses, dating from 1984 to 1987 – all of them self-built.

Walter’s Way is named after the architect who designed these distinctive homes. Berlin-born Walter Segal arrived in Britain in 1933. He was interested in modernist design and timber frame, though, to his frustration, he spent most of his career designing conventional buildings. But the building that makes him memorable was, effectively, a garden shed....


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