Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more


After a grim journey from Southampton to Carlisle 50 years ago, Ian Nairn warned of encroaching 'subtopia'. Now artist Andrew Cross has made a film about a similar trip. Andrew Mead sees if Nairn's prophecies came true

Already a subscriber? Login here or activate your digital account