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In pictures: Frestonia, the Notting Hill squat that formed its own state

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©Tony Sleep 2002

A triangular patch of London comprising three adjoining streets once seceded from the UK, or at least tried to. The wantaway territory known as Frestonia was a commune of squatters, radicals, punks, hippies and the disaffected salt of the Earth. 

The west London enclave gained notoriety nationally and internationally for declaring independence, and over the coming years managed an inordinate amount of communal output before eventually fizzling, acquiescing to local housing authorities. 

Forty years on, the Frestonian Gallery, which back then served as the ‘People's Hall’, is exhibiting the work of photographer Tony Sleep in ‘Welcome to Frestonia’, celebrating the lifespan and spirit of the republic. 

The exhibition will be running until November 11

 

 

Welcome to Frestonia - St Annes Road W11. Jan 1978
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frestonia 1st anniversary, Freston Road, London W11. Oct 1978
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

Frestonia Minister for Foreign Affairs David Rappaport addresses the people at the pub/benefit, Freston Road, London W11. 5 Nov 1979
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy, Sean & Hound-dog IIIl, Freston Road, London W11. Aug 1979
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

Whale construction for Ken Campbell's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy production, at Stoneleigh St London W11. July 1980.
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

Frestonia 1st birthday celebration, Road London W11. October 1978.
Tony Sleep

 

 

 

 

Steven and (unknown child) with sword, alley by the pub, Freston Road, June 1979
Tony Sleep

 

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