East Tilbury, Essex, a set on Flickr.
In 1933 the Bata Shoe company built a factory in East Tilbury, a small village in rural Essex. In line with the Bata company philosophy they did not only build the factory buildings but also a town for the workers. Houses, shops, a health centre, and a cinema were all constructed. Bata used their own Czech architects to design the whole project. The result is a small town built in an international modernist style in Essex. There is nothing English about the architecture at all which, given its location, makes it all the more fascinating. The factory closed in 2005 and the site is now an industrial estate with many of the buildings used by local businesses. The houses and shops all remain in use. It’s a fascinating place.