Bungalow – from the Hindi ‘bangla’

An Indian tea plantation bungalow in the southern state of Kerala

 Interesting BBC Magazine article today about why Britain has stopped building bungalows.

Here’s an extract…

Bungalow, from the Hindi word “bangla”, meaning “belonging to Bengal”, was used to described detached cottages built for early European settlers in India. They gained an association with a healthy outdoor lifestyle among the Raj, many of whom returned to the UK, extolling their charms.The first development including houses sold as “bungalows” in the UK opened in Westgate, on the north coast of Kent, in 1869. The following year, a bigger project started at nearby Birchington. These were sold as getaways for wealthy Londoners.

The full article is here.

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