“Slums” of the Black Country

We've come to the end of this series on some of the distinct areas of the Black Country that found themselves with a special stigma in the nineteenth century. Based on the Birmingham Daily Post's 1866 series on the sanitary condition I've had a look around some of the broader issues of housing, sanitation, labour, demography and democracy …

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Maps, tower blocks, and tower block maps

I mentioned the other day about the fun you can have tracing old features like canals onto modern maps. The vice versa is true as well of course, and I've been playing with some olde maps of Stourbridge to demonstrate. Although I've not been able to give as much time as I'd have liked to the …

Chapel Street Estate

I have a tendency to dither a bit when I set out on some research. I blame my social science background. This time of year has the tendency to distract one from concentrating on a proper project as well, so I thought I'd play around with some maps - it's my normal response to anything. …

Data

I finally finished off collating data on all the tower blocks in the Black Country. I recognise that it makes me weird, but it was great fun playing with a spreadsheet. I now have mappable data of all these buildings: 276 blocks containing 17428 dwellings, housing how many people? My next question: Who lived in …